Atiba Software is getting serious about the development of applications for mobile devices and promoted one of its strategists to oversee the new Atiba Mobile division.
Amy Rochelle, who has been with Atiba since 2007, has been named director of mobile development. At the firm, she also has been a developer, designer, project manager and strategist. Before joining Atiba, she worked at Ingram Book Co. and Digital Dog Media, among others.
“The entire Atiba family is excited to see the growth of Atiba Mobile,” said Craig Anderson, chief architect for Atiba Software. “Under Amy’s leadership, this mobile team will be able to focus on building the highest quality iOS, Android and Windows apps, as well as Mobile Device Management and Location-based services.”
Rochelle earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design from Austin Peay State University.
Mobile application development firm Metova has promoted Beverly Massengill to lead developer. Massengill joined Metova in January of last year as a developer. She will continue that work but also assist and mentor other developers. Before coming to Franklin-based Metova, Massengill assisted in research on graph-based anomaly detection as a computer science graduate student at Tennessee Technological University.
A team of three Lipscomb University students has taken top honors and $9,000 in prize money in the first-ever Deloitte Challenge, a competition among Nashville’s colleges and universities that allows students to demonstrate their technical know-how by developing a working mobile application to solve a practical business problem.
For the inaugural event, teams were asked to develop a mobile app that would facilitate coffee/food runs for groups working on client sites. Each team had access to a mentor from Deloitte to assist them in thinking through customer needs and other development issues.
The LU School of Computing and Informatics fielded two teams in the challenge. Alexander Givant, a senior computer science major; Marian Rushdy, a senior electrical and computer engineering major; and Stuart Pounders, a junior computer science major, placed first ahead of teams of undergraduate and graduate students from Belmont, Fisk and Middle Tennessee State universities.
The Lipscomb team, under the faculty guidance of Steve Nordstrom, director of undergraduate programs for the School of Computing and Informatics, won with its app iOrder, a mobile application for the Android platform allowing users to order premium coffee and lattes from the convenience of their mobile phone. Each team member received $3,000 in prize money.
Also competing in the challenge from Lipscomb was a team of computer science seniors led by captain Phillip Yates and including Christina Martin and Dylan Jones.
“Their passion for their craft along with their enthusiasm and strong work ethic carried the day,” Nordstrom said in a release regarding the two LU teams.
Following a three-week intensive development period, each team submitted its apps and delivered a presentation to a team of judges from Deloitte. The apps were evaluated based on usefulness, innovation, technology and quality. Results were announced at a banquet recently hosted by Deloitte at the Music City Sheraton Hotel.
The team at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center will on Friday unveil IdeaFrame, an application that promises to tell budding entrepreneurs in less than 10 minutes if their idea is worth pursuing. The software, which was created and designed by EC boss Michael Burcham and entrepreneur-in-residence Scott Rouse, has been used by EC mentors and advisors to vet the ideas that land on their desks. Check out more here.
Erik Carlson, the co-founder of mobile video application Streamweaver, has stepped out of an active role at the company, which just last month snagged $1.3 million in funding. Walker Duncan has more on Carlson's plans for future endeavors.
Mobile phone software developer Metova has added four developers and one quality assurance engineer to its roster, officials announced today. The developers are Benjamin “Seth” Beech, Jamie Hignite, David Mays and Kalan Lee Stowe. Taylor Jackson is the quality assurance engineer.
Beech received a bachelor’s of electrical engineering from Auburn University. Hignite previously worked with the Information Technology Support Services for the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command. She also worked for four years developing web applications for Yum! Brands. Mays and Stowe graduated from Auburn with a bachelor’s in software engineering.
“All of our new developers are proficient in multiple programming languages, but more importantly, they are all great thinkers and problem solvers,” said David Lane, Metova’s vice president of technology. “Their diverse backgrounds in Web and graphic design and computer related services will complement the diverse needs of Metova’s client base.”
Jackson’s role with Metova will be to test client’s mobile applications and to improve the development of those applications. He earned his bachelor’s of science in business administration degree from Tennessee Technology University.
Clayton Associates’ FCA Venture Partners has placed $1.5 million with Catavolt Inc., an Atlanta-based mobile application software development company. Also in on the deal was angel investor and Clayton advisory board member George Salem, according to a statement.
Catavolt’s creation, dubbed Catavolt Extender, is a “hybrid cloud service” package that connects a client company’s enterprise data — large-scale blocks of information — to specified mobile phones in real time. To put it in the company's words: “The idea is to deliver mobile phone applications without the expensive need to develop proprietary software to process information on the client end. Catavolt's unique approach, based on its patent-pending Dual Model Architecture, enables organizations to rapidly create and deliver mobile applications to business users without the need for costly and traditionally resource-intensive software development projects.”
Mobile application software development has of late captured the interest of local investors. We reported just this week on the launching of Streamweaver, a split-screen mobile video application company initially funded by two TNInvestco participants, Mountain Group Capital’s Limestone Fund and the Tennessee Communities Venture Fund. Funding levels weren’t specified for either fund.
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