Eli Ridder | The Avro Post

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. 

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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