Nick Charlton

BCS Lecture Series: Apple (The Birth of a Third Platform)

Yesterday evening, Chris Hunt and myself went along to a talk at the BCS from Apple, entitled “The Birth of a Third Platform, Mobile Computing in HE”. Overall, it was a good talk, even with the heavy Apple marketing angle.

The talk was hosted by Lawrence Stevenson, who I assume holds a job title like “HE Evangelist”, or such like.

The majority of the talk focused on covering the usage of mobile technologies in HE. From mobile optimised web apps which would tell you about the status of washing machine in halls (such as at the University of Iowa), to iPad’s in class being used by students to find out information during lectures.


Some interesting figures were given out during the presentation.

Other Points

Some other points made were:

In Conclusion

Unfortunately, towards the end we didn’t get a chance to catch him and ask a few questions. He was swamped with people asking about iOS SDK related things, those which are widely reported too.