Fall 2013 Summit Recap

Author: Matt Willmore

The 2013 Notre Dame Mobile Summit was held Friday, October 11th at the Law School and the Morris Inn, hosting over 200 students, staff, faculty and vendors around this central question: “How can the University achieve its goals using mobile?”

The morning began with opening remarks by Matt Willmore, mobileND Program Manager, on mobile initiatives already in progress. A campus mobile app project is underway and the Mobile Device Lab has debuted in DeBartolo Hall.
Matt also touched on the launch of a partnership between mobileND and the Eck Institute for Global Health on a cell phone donation drive for Hope Phones, the upcoming Startup Weekend Michiana, and a beta test for the newly-released Scavenge ND app for iPhones, created by last year’s Hackathon winners Zach Waterson and Kyle Koser.

The first keynote presentation of the day was by women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw, accompanied by senior and team captain Natalie Achonwa. Coach McGraw spoke on the advent of technology in collegiate athletics and its effect on their ability to prepare for matches, review their opponents and use data to become better athletes.

After that, we headed to the Morris Inn ballrooms for the first round of breakout sessions. Chuck Lamphier from the Office for Mission Engagement and Church Affairs led a discussion around the question, “How do we achieve the University’s goals using mobile?” Chas Jhin, student and technology chair in Notre Dame Student Government, posed the question, “How can ND best serve students with mobile?”. Chris Clark and Kevin Abbott led lightning sessions on using mobile for teaching and learning.

After a great lunch by Sorin’s, we headed into the second round of breakout sessions. A group of presenters including John Slaughter (Engineering & Science Computing staff), Pat Flynn (Computer Science faculty), Tom Anderson (BlackBerry) and Erik Runyon (Marketing Communications) presented the “state of the platforms” for iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Web, respectively. Daniel Ryan and Jason Kunesh from Obama for America presented a session on “moving users up the ‘ladder of engagement’”, a technique they built during the 2012 Obama re-election campaign. Tim “Oak” O’Connor demonstrated Fighting Irish Digital Media's new Notre Dame Athletics iPad app built with the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS).

We then headed back to the Law School courtroom for two additional keynotes. First up was Carol Bothwell from Catholic Relief Services, who spoke on CRS’ use of mobile technology in site surveys of developing areas. Afterwards, Daniel Ryan and Jason Kunesh from Obama for America spoke on the use of mobile in the re-election campaign and their inventive approach of rapid development and re-development.

In addition to the keynotes and breakout sessions, the Mobile Summit had a vendor fair in the prefunction area outside the ballrooms featuring displays from Lenovo and Intel, Microsoft, Sprint, Verizon, BlackBerry, ERS, Mophie and Hesburgh Library. We even continued the tradition of Mobile Summit Bingo with a number of winners.

Overall, the event was entertaining, informative and a great experience for all. Special thanks are in order for the Law School and Morris Inn for hosting the Summit. Thank you to everyone who attended; we’re already hard at work on next year’s Summit!