Fall 2012 Summit Recap

Author: Jon Crutchfield

On September 28, 2012, we welcomed 260 students, staff, faculty, and visitors to our second Mobile Summit.

Elliott Visconsi, Associate Professor from the Department of English, kicked off the morning with his keynote presentation Mobile U. about “…the future of higher education in the context of mobile devices.” He shared the story of how he conceived and created Shakespeare’s The Tempest for iPad, a custom-built app which transforms Shakespeare for the 21st century, illuminating the beauty and meaning of this unforgettable play.

The morning continued with brief presentations from University staff and faculty: Chris Poellabauer showed how tablets are being used to test for concussions; Chas Grundy unveiled the Department of Development’s storytelling apps for iPad; and Lisa MacKenzie shared how campus services staff are being equipped with mobile devices to improve communication, log maintenance issues, and even provide translation services for ESL speakers.

Student hack-a-thon winners Kyle Koser and Zach Waterson presented their app concept of a social trivia game. Sharif Nijim gave an update on how the collaboration tool Box has been adopted across campus, especially by mobile users. Finally, Jon Crutchfield wrapped up the morning with his update on the strategic plan for mobile.

After a wonderful lunch from Sorin’s in the Morris Inn Courtyard, we broke into small groups for lightning sessions. These fast-paced and entertaining presentations kept the afternoon moving along. All presentations are available for viewing at Mobile Summit Fall 2012 Video Sessions.

At the end of the day, we regrouped for the closing keynote by Steve Hayman, Apple Consulting Engineer. His entertaining and practical talk included demos of XCode, code examples, and a series of photographs of a delivery man leaving what appeared to be his brand new iPhone 5 on his porch when no one was home (it turned out to be something else, his iPhone 5 was fine).

One amusing sideline to the summit was the day-long Mobile Summit Bingo. Developed by Jay Rizzi from University Relations, the Bingo game was a mobile-friendly bingo card tied to the player’s NetID. Players received bingo numbers via text messages and tweets throughout the day in hopes of getting a Bingo and winning a prize. Congratulations to the winners!

As usual, the summit was an entertaining, informative, and fun day. Thanks to all of our speakers, presenters, and volunteers. Special thanks to the Notre Dame Law School for hosting our event.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the next summit or at one of our upcoming Community of Practice meetings!

- Jon