Research Project Title:
Democratizing Cross-Platform Mobile Development with App Inventor
abstract:App Inventor has been around for eight years and now has 6.8 million users worldwide. However, App Inventor currently targets only Android development, excluding the 20 percent of users who use Apple devices, including schools that are deploying iPads for classroom use. As part of my SuperUROP project, I will work to understand the differences between the Android and iOS platforms in terms of architectural design. In so doing, I will help develop the iOS version of App Inventor, leading to App Inventor democratizing cross-platform mobile development for both Android and iOS.
“I'm participating in SuperUROP because, after a semester of working with App Inventor, I knew that I wanted to continue on with them. I knew that I wanted to make a difference. I hope that this year I'm able to make that difference by helping create App Inventor for iOS. On top of that, I'm excited about the challenges that this will present and all that I can learn from it.”