SU launches Apps Incubation, Dev’t Lab

By Jennifer Catan-Tilos

Silliman University predident Dr. Ben Malayang  at the launching of the university's Apps Incubation and Development Laboratory. (PIA7-NegOr)
Silliman University predident Dr. Ben Malayang at the launching of the university’s Apps Incubation and Development Laboratory. (PIA7-NegOr)

DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) – Silliman University (SU) has established an Apps Incubation and Development Laboratory which serves to enhance academic facilities and may help improve community service.

SU president Dr. Ben Malayang said the laboratory facilitates to develop the skills in the generation ideas and application for technology to be used.

“This is also a way of getting different students and faculty from the different colleges and universities in the province and put their ideas together on what kind of apps to develop so that it might enhance the life in the community,” explained Dr. Malayang.

SU students, however, are challenged to develop iOS apps that can facilitate academic learning and are community-oriented.

One app Malayang suggested is if a “Uber Pedicab” app can be developed, wherein drivers will be alerted of passengers waiting for a ride instead of drivers roving around, adding up to traffic and using up gasoline.

“These are the things our students can develop but this is not only for Silliman University but also to other universities and colleges in Negros Island,” said Malayang.

The Apps Lab is equipped with 31 iMac units, 31 iPad gadgets and state- of–the-art projection system located at the Uytengsu Computer Center.

The opening of the Lab is in partnership with Apple, Inc. and with funding from Uytengsu Foundation.

The Apps Lab is envisioned to nurture the creativity and ingenuity of students and youth in in the province.

Earlier this month, the College of Computer Studies hosted a trainers’ training with Apple, Inc. to capacitate some faculty and staff for the roll out of apps development programs starting next semester. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA website on Oct. 28, 2015)

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