Follow NorthamptonThursday the 23rd of October saw the appearance of the Follow Northampton app in the App Store. The app is a freely available interactive guide to Northampton, and it offers a fresh perspective on Northampton’s rich historical, architectural and cultural heritage. The app, and the associated website, were created and developed by staff and students at the University of Northampton and members of the wider Northampton community. The project leads were Dr. Drew Gray, Senior Lecturer in History, and Sabine Coady Schaebitz, Director of the Collaborative Centre for the Built Environment. Technical support and advice was provided by Rob Farmer from the Learning Technology Team, and the app was built by Chris Collinge from wedoApps. Content was developed by BA History students (Roseanne Belcher, Gabrielle Cairns, Jasdeep Dhillon and Steve Robinson), photographs were provided by a BA Photography student (Peter Holmes), and audio recordings were made of a number of (actual and honorary) Northamptonians, particularly Peter Aiers, Andy Clarke, Peter James Norman, Professor Nick Petford, and Dr. Toby Purser.

The app and website were made possible by the award of a Learning Enhancement & Innovation Grant from the University of Northampton. And the great news is that work on the app and the website is set to continue, as a second Learning Enhancement & Innovation Grant was recently given, and this will allow the project to cover more locations, and will allow the inclusion of extra features into the app. We are hoping to launch a second version of the app in March 2015, which will include full offline access to the locations, improved navigation, and additional locations. A third version is planned for July 2015 which will include design and layout updates, the addition of social media sharing options, and even more locations. In the longer term, we hope to add videos, iBeacons, and augmented reality, and to make an Android version of the app.

Get the iOS app: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/follow-northampton/id919466161?mt=8

Visit the website: http://www.follownorthampton.co.uk

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2 Responses to Follow Northampton … App Now Available!

  1. Alasdair GF says:

    Doesn’t sound like Android is a high priority – tagged on at the end of the post there! Any specific plans or ETA on that?

    (Almost 60% of new smart phones in period to Sept 2014 were Android – http://techcrunch.com/2014/10/29/kantar-september-2014/ – but be interesting to know how this generalised to student populations. Wonder if LearnTech have any data on that from iNorthampton usage stats?)

  2. Rob Farmer says:

    Yes, the great news for us was that we did get a second round of funding for the project, but we didn’t get all the funding we had bid for, and the Android build which we had included in the bid had to be dropped. The plan now is to try to obtain external funding for three specific Follow Northampton projects: an Android app; addition of iBeacon fuctionality; and an augmented reality feature on Northampton Castle.

    Regarding who uses what kinds of device at the University, the full answer to that is in the Mobile Survey 2013/14 Results. But the short answer is 43.3% iOS, 44.3% Android.

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