The BlackBerry Academic Program, sponsored by Research In Motion® (RIM®), provides free teaching resources – including free BlackBerry® hardware – to a variety of academic institutions around the world in order to help them deliver effective mobile education. One of these academic institutions is Pace University (Pace) in New York City, where Associate Professor Dr. Christelle Scharff is encouraging students to develop mobile apps that address real-world challenges.
Pace recognized the importance of mobile solutions early on, offering its “Mobile Development and Entrepreneurship” course beginning in 2008. Its mobile courses are built on the principle that what’s significant about mobile development is its potential to create useful tools that improve people’s lives both locally and globally. “In the different courses and projects offered at Pace,” says Dr. Scharff, “students worked on real world projects that impact the community.”