57 students organized into 15 teams gathered at the Interactive Learning Center to participate in a marathon coding competition during the sixth annual Bronco Appathon, held March 10-12.
Teams were given 42 hours to develop an app and plan a presentation to demo the application before a panel of judges. App ideas this year ranged from the practical to the profound in entertainment and technical maturity. “Every year the apps keep getting better and better, and this year all the apps were really incredible,” said Boise State Associate Vice President and CIO Max Davis-Johnson.
Judges from Boise State and local industry partners evaluated all 15 presentations and choose the following winners:
First Place – Team ARVRA ($500 per team member)
Team ARVRA created “Show Me,” a self-paced, interactive training application.
Second Place – Team Trappist-4 ($300 per team member)
Team Trappist-4 not only designed their own shirts, they also created a Farmer’s Market experience application, allowing users to pre-order goods and learn about vendors.
Third Place – Team Appetyte ($100 per team member)
Team Appetyte developed a app to help you find a place to eat if you’re feeling indecisive.
Best Design – Team Trappist-4 ($250 per team member)
Best Novice – Team Trappist-4 ($250 per team member)
According to Davis-Johnson, this year’s Appathon stood out due to the number of students and teams participating, and the students’ high level of technical aptitude and commitment. “They’re serious very year, but they all seemed serious this year. This was our sixth Appathon, we gave them a lot of advice on how to approach it, and they took that to heart. Plus, it’s always an opportunity for students to earn quite a bit of money.”
This year’s Bronco Appathon was sponsored by:
- Office of Information Technology
- Associated Students of Boise State University
- College of Business and Economics
- College of Engineering
- Transportation and Parking Services
- Boise State Bookstore
- Advanced Systems Group (ASG)
- ComputNet, Inc.
- Micron Foundation
- WhiteCloud Analytics
- Boise Cascade Company
- Xtreme Consulting
- Swire Coca-Cola
- Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery
We’re grateful for the generosity of all our sponsors!
For more information about the Bronco Appathon, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the most part we’ve moved beyond the need to constantly connect our phones and tablets to a computer to back up our data. There are several options available to ensure iOS and Android devices are wirelessly backed up, but you may not be taking advantage of these services.
Since devices are usually updated over the air, you may find yourself in trouble if the update goes awry and you don’t have a recent backup available to help you recover your data.
Also, Apple is soon releasing a significant update for iOS 10. Version 10.3 will introduce a new file system, APFS. While there have been no reports of beta testers having difficulty with or losing data due to this new file system change, it is highly recommended you back up your device(s) before updating (Apple will also warn you to back up your data before the update begins).
Here’s info backup options for both iOS and Android devices:
Automatic Wireless Backups
- Launch Settings, then tap iCloud > Backup
- Connect your device to a power source (if possible)
- Connect to a wi-fi network
- Check to be sure you have enough available space in iCloud for the backup (if not, 50 GB of storage space is only .99 per month)
Manual Wireless Backups
- Launch Settings, then tap iCloud
- Select Backup, and make sure “iCloud Backup” is on
- Tap Back Up Now (be sure to stay connected to your wireless network until the process completes
- Open iTunes, and connect your device to your computer
- Select your device within iTunes
- Click Back Up Now
- Use the Android Backup Service:
- Launch the Settings app on your Android device
- Under “Personal,” tap Backup & reset
- Tap Back up my data and switch it on
- Connect your Android device to your computer with a USB cable
- On the Android device, pull down the main menu and select USB Connection
- Choose USB Mass Storage and tap OK
- On your computer, you’ll see a new drive or “Removable Disk” on your computer. Open the drive and copy all the contents to a folder on your computer.
Contact the Help Desk at (208) 426-4357, or email email@example.com.
Conference rooms, especially with video conferencing equipment, are expensive to build and more expensive to maintain over time. Let the Office of Information Technology equip your conference room and provide worry-free support and maintenance for a simple monthly fee–no initial investment required.
We offer three room configurations that include just-in-time support and ongoing maintenance:
- Breakout rooms with a television monitor and laptop connections;
- Conference rooms that include a projector, laptop connections, sound system and control panel; and
- Teleconference rooms that include all the features of our conference rooms in addition to camera(s) and microphone(s) for video conferencing.
Yes, we can help you customize these options for your department needs.
Visit the OIT Conference Room Services page or contact a conference room specialist today at 208-426-4357 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you ever wondered what goes on in the IT department at Boise State? Max Davis-Johnson, CIO Office of Information Technology, introduces this short video that takes you through a day in the life of the IT department at Boise State.
>> MAX: Hi, this is Max Davis-Johnson, Boise State University Office of Information Technology. I’m going to talk a little about life in OIT.
Higher Ed IT is unique. And it’s not any one thing we do, it’s just the variety of things that we do.
We have transactional systems. We provide servers and storage. We provide desktop systems. We manage applications. We provide this huge open network that needs to communicate all across country and provide wireless.
We provide help desk. We provide classroom technology. There’s just a lot of things that we do in our life in OIT.
But we’re driven by three core principles, directives and these are: one, we want to keep the trains running on time.
And what I mean “keeping the trains running on time,” systems need to be available, the networks need to be available, data needs to flow from system to system, upgrades to all the systems need to be made.
If we’re doing our job right there, you don’t even notice. And that’s the way it should be.
Another core driver is we want to be laying new track. Technology is always changing. We have to examine it and figure out what direction we want to take the track. We always have to be working to improve how our trains run.
And with the new things coming out we have to be able to go new routes.
And then the last thing is we want to create raving fans. And what I mean by that–you’re excited, you call us, we get you the help you need, we get you the support you need, you like what we do, we help you get your work done and get your job done.
So, I want you to just watch the rest of this video and it gives you a sense for what we do in a day in OIT.
>> NARRATOR: Today, over 17,000 students, faculty and staff will sign in to the Boise State University Wi-Fi network, a complex system built and maintained by our network and accounts teams who installed and manage access to over 1,000 Wi-Fi access points on campus. And our cybersecurity team ensures our network is secure and our data is safe.
Close to 15,000 people will sign in to myBoiseState, a custom web application that provides access to our email, student data, HR, learning management and other systems. myBoiseState was developed here on campus by our communications and web application development teams.
Our web application development team, working with project managers and business analysts in our project management office, build and maintain other custom applications like Major Finder that connects students with the best major based on their interests, aptitudes and career goals.
Our project management office also coordinates the work of our core systems development teams, who enhance and refine our HR, student data and learning management systems.
All of these applications run in the Boise State private and hybrid clouds designed, monitored and maintained by our system engineers and application administrator teams to make sure all of our servers, networks and architecture is up to date and backed up every night.
Our executive leadership team works with key University stakeholders to resolve the issues of today and make plans to address the needs of tomorrow.
The communications team makes sure the Boise State community is aware of maintenance outages and upcoming developments. This team also provides technology training and maintains the university website.
Throughout the day, just over 1,000 people will sign in to public computers maintained by the Customer Care hardware team. Faculty will sign in to computers in more than 100 classrooms and utilize technology designed for teaching and learning maintained by our Learning Technology Solutions team. Who, in addition to maintaining technologies like classroom capture video recording, also explore technologies like our new student response system. This allows instructors to quiz students, in real time in the classroom, all through students’ smartphones or computers.
In three primary locations on campus, the Help Desk, a blended team of professional staff and student workers, will assist around 200 people with a variety of technology solutions from troubleshooting account issues to installing software to teaching basic features of Microsoft Office and Google Apps.
Outside of class, students and instructors will generate over 30,000 sessions in Blackboard, our learning management system, where they upload assignments, interact with one another and review classroom capture videos on their computers and mobile devices.
Working with our R2 high performance computing cluster, researchers will process massive amounts of data and calculations that inform scientific discovery, bench research papers, and state-level decision makers.
And tomorrow morning, we’ll be here early to do it all again.
We are the Office of Information Technology at Boise State University.
The Sixth Annual Bronco Appathon returns to Boise State March 10 – 12, 2017.
Open to all registered Boise State students, Bronco Appathon is a weekend marathon of coding to earn cash prizes and awards. Free food and beverages are provided to participants and raffles will be held throughout the weekend.
Students form teams of up to four members and begin developing an app on Friday evening, then present their work to a panel of judges on Sunday afternoon.
Cash prizes of up to $500 per team member are available, with additional awards for Best Design and Best Novice App.
Registration is open to current full-time and part-time Boise State students through Thursday, March 2 and is free of charge.
For more information about Bronco Appathon 6, visit oit.boisestate.edu/appathon.
Last week TechSmith released a new feature to our Boise State Relay Library: folders!
You can now create folders and subfolders to organize your videos and media content in TechSmith Relay Library. You can also share a link to a folder which makes it easy to share a series of videos. More functionality will be added in the future.
Visit the TechSmith Relay Library Folder page on the Boise State Video website for more information.
If you have additional questions about TechSmith Relay Library, contact the OIT Learning Technology Solutions Team at email@example.com
The Office of Information Technology’s Research Computing Support Department will host a Coffee and Donuts for Researchers Forum on Thursday, Feb. 2, in Albertsons Library Room 201C. The room is on the second floor through the College of Innovation and Design.
The Boise State research community is invited to mingle from 9-10 a.m. and attend a special presentation from 10-11 a.m. titled “Making Sharing Data Automagic with Globus.”
Globus subscription services allows researchers to share and transfer data, no matter how big, with anyone from just about anywhere. Watch a demo and to see how you can access Globus. Attendees also will be able to ask questions about the department’s new compute cluster, R2, which is now up and running.
For more information, visit rcs.boisestate.edu.
The Boise State community is invited to attend the First Annual 2017 Process Improvement Symposium on Thursday, January 26 in the Jordan D Ballroom, Student Union Building, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.
Boise State’s Department of Systems and Process Improvement will celebrate individual and department nominees and winners who have demonstrated innovation in University business processes.
Nominees displayed excellence in leading change, eliminating redundant systems, reduced the University’s carbon footprint, and improving efficiency across campus.
To view nominees for outstanding individuals and departments, visit the Systems and Process Improvement website.
For additional information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office of Information Technology will perform critical network maintenance between noon and 8:00 pm on Friday, January 6.
Potential impacts to the campus community are expected to be few, brief, and intermittent. Internet access, telephone calls to or from off-campus, or VPN (virtual private networking) access may be momentarily interrupted as equipment is installed.
This necessary maintenance is due to an equipment failure that occurred last month.
If you have questions, please contact the Help Desk at (208) 426-4357, or email email@example.com.