English students launch new 'iBrum' app
As part of their module ‘Hacking the Book’, 2nd year English BA students have planned, designed and marketed a new app.
iBrum is a free iPod/iPad app which allows the exploration of Birmingham through your mobile device. It has a database of places of interest which can be searched by category. Each location has a map to help you to get there, a brief history, and other useful information such as opening times and entrance prices (if applicable). It is designed to give both residents of Birmingham - who may not have fully sampled all the city has to offer - and tourists -visiting for a limited time - inspiration for cultural, historical or leisurely days out.
Tabitha Dunn, one of the students involved in the project, comments:
Working on the app has enabled us to gain a number of skills that would not usually be explored as part of our degrees. We all agree it is important to have a deeper understanding of the software we use on a regular basis to enhance our educations and we receive a sense of pride and team work by coming together to create a tangible and useful final product. We have been separated into 5 teams to make this app following the brief we were given (with many of our own ideas added in for good measure) and have been given a comprehensive understanding of how we must work within our groups, communicating strongly and motivating ourselves and others to make a project work, skills that we can take on to any number of future careers (as well as having an interesting addition to our CVs)”
iBrum is available for download from the App Store.