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Analysis: IGNITE app could cost over $100K

Vice president-designate Maheen Nazim said one of her platform items is to launch a mobile app for IGNITE that would include events, information and services but the cost of such a product could cost over $100,000 over several months of development, The Avro Post has found. 



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Vice President-designate Maheen Nazim said one of her platform items is to launch a mobile app for IGNITE that would include events, information and services but the cost of such a product could cost over $100,000 over several months of development, The Avro Post has found. 

According to three mobile application advisory websites, an app that integrates with the current IGNITE website, allows for user profiles, and an event calendar could cost approximately $108,781.

The number was found via calculating the average of the results from the estimates.

Developer website Otreva said the app would cost $88,691 USD, or $116,198 Canadian, Crew estimated $78,400 or $102,715.76 Canadian and Venture Pact said an app made in Canada would cost some $82,000 USD, or $107,432.30 Canadian.

Josh Grift, founder of web gaming and application company Courcat, told The Avro Post that a hybrid app could be a good option for the joint-University of Guelph-Humber and Humber College student association.

Mr. Grift said that two other institutions, Laurier and Waterloo University’s, use hybrid applications that are essentially advanced versions of mobile sites wrapped in a regular app.

Maintenance for a standard mobile app on both iOS and Android would cost around a combined $2,000 to $3,000 per year, according to Grift, who said it was a conservative estimate.

Other sources including web developer websites say that maintenance costs usually hover around 15 to 20 per cent of the original development costs.

The elements used by an IGNITE app according to what Nazim wants it to do are the following functions the Post included in the calculations:

  • social login
  • personal profile
  • purchasing items
  • ranking ability
  • connect with website
  • medium or standard design
  • no app icon; IGNITE already has a branding
  • calendar, RSVP functionality

Nazim also said she wanted real-time parking options, but the mobile app pricing calculators did not include options for data as such.

Real-time data could be updated using the number counts that Humber College already utilizes for the parking lots, one student pointed out.

Any mobile app for IGNITE would have to be approved by the Board of Directors as a budgetary expense.

Maheen Nazim told The Avro Post she would not comment on platform items until she finished the transition into her upcoming role.

More details to follow. Image of IGNITE from The Avro Post.  ■

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Humber monitoring coronavirus outbreak

There are no special actions at this time.



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Humber College said it is monitoring the novel coronavirus outbreak and its “potential impact on the institution” in a statement posted online last week and updated on Monday.

Toronto Public Health told the college that “there are no particular actions required” at this time.

A special group tasked with keeping the campus community informed on the latest precautions for the virus has been established, made up of stakeholders from various departments and the University of Guelph-Humber.

Humber points students, staff and faculty to the Ontario Ministry of Health website’s dedicated webpage for updates.

The college’s announcement also asked that those on campus “wash their hands as frequently as possible” due to it being the winter flu season.

As of Tuesday morning in Ontario, there is one confirmed case of the novel coronavirus, one “presumptive” case and 11 cases under investigation. ■

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Nominations open for 2020 IGNITE elections

Nomination packages are due by Feb. 14.



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IGNITE on Tuesday posted details and nomination packages for its 2020 elections on social media, setting up its first ever election without executive positions.

There are 10 positions open for students to run for, all on the Board of Directors.

There are four positions open at North Campus, three seats at Lakeshore, two open at Guelph-Humber and a sole position available at Orangeville.

All nomination packages are due by Feb. 14 and can be filled out on the elections webpage. ■

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Bell Let’s Talk Day coming to Humber

Bell let’s talk day will be coming to Humber on Jan. 29.



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Bell will be bringing their yearly Let’s Talk event to Humber College this week.

Let’s Talk Day is a national day of raising awareness about mental health and furthering the conversation of acceptance, support and to decrease stigma.

The day also encourages the use of various platforms including social media to engage individuals. Bell also donates money to mental health funds based on messages sent throughout the day on their cellular network and social media posts.

Bell will be hosting two events at both Humber North and Lakeshore Campuses on Jan. 29.

The first event will be held at North in the LRC, starting at 10 a.m. and finishing at 12 p.m. The second event will be held at Lakeshore in A170 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The event is open to both Humber and Guelph-Humber student

Students who wish to contribute to the cause can make a tweet, a social media video, use Bell’s Facebook frame or Snapchat filter and also use the hashtag #BellLet’sTalk on social media. ■

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