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ITS Success Story: Web Support and the C21 iPhone App

09/28/11

Over the summer, Boston College’s Church in the 21st Century Center (C21) collaborated with ITS’ Web Support team to create a C21 iPhone application. Dario Baldoni, a computer science major from Clarks Summit, PA, who will graduate next spring, played a key role in developing the app.

A bit of good luck helped Dario land the job.

When Web Support manager Scott Olivieri met with some students in C21 to gather feedback on what should be included in the app, Dario’s roommate happened to be at the meeting and mentioned Dario was a computer science major seeking summer employment. Shortly afterwards, Scott contacted Dario and he had a job.

Dario indicated to Scott that he would help out any way he could. Dario started with smaller tasks and, as he showed he could do them well, was given additional responsibilities. This led to Dario’s buidling “Engage” module, one of the highlights of the app.

Dario had to learn a lot of Objective-C, the language iOS apps are programmed in. Although he was familiar with other programming languages, this was his first real iOS app, and he was able to pick it up fairly quickly.

“Engage” turned out to be Dario’s favorite part of the C21 app. “It is something I wish was around when I first got to BC. There are so many organizations and ways to get involved on campus if you know what you’re looking for. This module puts all them right in front of you along with detailed descriptions of each and an extremely easy way to contact the right people and get involved,” he said.

Dario’s development work didn’t end with the summer and the completion of the C21 app. His experience working with Web Support led to a new opportunity working for a local start-up.

“Modo Labs is a software development company based out of Cambridge that designs and builds high quality mobile solutions for corporations and Universities. Scott has a good relationship with them and when he told them how impressed he was with my work on the C21 app, they were willing to hire me as their first intern. I worked predominately on their iOS framework, searching for bugs and fixing them.”

Read The Heights article about the C21 app.

Download the app here.