This year, in its first year as a community partner with St. Lawrence College, Hawkesbury-based Rogue Media initially took on five placement students from the Computer Programmer Analyst (CPA) program. The Kingston students worked together as a team on the development of the Students on Campus app, a social media platform designed specifically for college and university students. By the end of the year, the team of placement students working to bring the Students on Campus app to fruition had grown to eight.
During two 195-hour placements in the fall and winter semesters, the CPA students worked on the coding and implementation of the Students on Campus app using a variety of software, bringing the app through beta testing and finally to the Google Play store.
“The students work really well together. I have seen them overcome challenges, develop leadership skills, and implement their own great ideas,” said Yvon Pepin, Founder and Owner of Rogue Media. “It has been interesting to see how each student has developed their own area of interest, which became their specialty in the team, from the utilization of GitHub or Firebase to user interface and experience.”
This week marks a major milestone for the students, who added an Application Programming Interface (API) that allows students from more than 12,000 colleges and universities across the globe to sign up for the social media app using their school emails, ensuring the platform is used by students only.
The Students on Campus app is available for Android users to download on Google Play.