University hosts ‘Aberdeen: Apps’ event to stimulate local community of app developers

Over 80 business and technology leaders from across the region will gather in Aberdeen today (Thursday 3 November) to discuss web and mobile applications or ‘apps', and how these can have a positive impact in sectors such as energy, health, transport and food & drink. The event is being hosted by ‘dePICT', a Robert Gordon University initiative aimed at supporting Scottish businesses in their ICT product development.

Guests at the event, entitled ‘Aberdeen: Apps - Design, Development and Marketing of Mobile Applications', will learn the basics of app design, get an overview of how to develop and market these to suit their business needs and also understand any legal concerns in terms of copyright and intellectual property. 

Chris Moule, Business Development Manager at dePICT, comments:

"Worldwide mobile application store downloads have increased by 117% over the past year and are forecast to reach 17.7 billion downloads by the end of 2011. This is a new and emerging market that organisations of all sizes can take advantage of.

"The North East of Scotland has a vibrant digital media sector and a number of new developers coming into the market.   We are looking to stimulate a community of app developers in Aberdeen and then connect them with, the expertise in the University and the people who require web and mobile apps for their businesses or public sector organisations."

The dePICT initiative aims to help businesses create new and improved ICT products with increased marketability by connecting them with academic experts, whilst at the same time building long-term relationships with growing companies.

Taking place at the Caledonian Thistle Hotel from 12.30-4pm, the event will conclude with remarks from Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Principal and Vice-chancellor of RGU.


Issued by:

Sarah Grieve

Communications Officer (Faculty of Design & Technology)

Robert Gordon University



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