Thousands of visitors coming to Freed-Hardeman University for the 83rd Annual Bible Lectureship will have an additional way to access information on sessions and speakers. The FHU Events app, developed by a team of FHU computer science majors, will be launched just in time for Lectureship guests to be its first users.
The free app may be downloaded through the App Store and Google Play. It will provide information on speakers and sessions. The information may be filtered by categories and interests to create personalized schedules for the weeklong event. Announcements pertinent to guests will also be sent via the app.
For the five students and Dr. Kenan Casey, computer science professor, one of the most exciting things about the project is the opportunity to see it being used by Lectureship guests. “Most class projects never leave the classroom or have the potential to make any broader impact than their educational value, but this project is different,” Casey said. He is happy to see this one being used and to celebrate the success of his students.
Logan Cain, one of the students who produced the app, said, “During my time at FHU, many group projects were a part of my work in computer science. None of those resulted in a real-world product as this one did. Just to know that I had a small hand in the app gives me a sense of accomplishment.”
Lectureship director Doug Burleson is also pleased to have the app available. He has, in fact, already tried it out. “I downloaded it on my iPhone as soon as it was released. I have also tested it on an Android device. I love the features that allow for searches by topic and speaker, as well as the ability for each visitor to make his own schedule for the day or week.”
Throughout its 82-year history, the lectureship has communicated with its attendees in a variety of ways, including oral announcements, printed schedules, PowerPoint slides, printed daily updates and message boards. “Not everyone wants to carry around a large printed schedule for the week. Now they can access the most current information via their mobile phones,” Burleson said.
Students who developed the app have all graduated and are working in their fields. In addition to Cain who is employed by Bramblett Group in Henderson, they are: Andrew Hinson who works at Dynetics in Huntsville, Alabama; George Achard who is a digital designer for World Bible School; Robby Thompson who is a reliability specialist at St. Jude Children’s Hospital; and Jeremy Beard who is employed by Sedwick in Memphis.
In addition to Casey, members of FHU’s IT staff, Michael Plyler and Coltyn DeLoach, assisted the students in their work.
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