IT Students Create Innovative, Custom Apps for Clients Inside and Outside UC


UC’s Information Technology Solutions Center gives students real-world experience developing state-of-the-art mobile and web applications.

One owns a remodeling company. The other owns a couple sports bars with his brothers. But Keith Kelsey and Mike Westerbeck had a technology vision that needed help getting off the ground. Avid hunters, they envisioned a customized app for hunting enthusiasts, superior to ones already on the market, which neither of them liked.

Kelsey and Westerbeck consulted with a web-developer friend about the idea, but decided they wanted a fresh approach that wouldn’t break the bank. So Kelsey contacted his friend, Vali Tadayon, UC School of Information Technology professor, who thought the app might be a good project for the school’s newly established Information Technology Solutions Center (ITSC).

The mobile app, “ConnectedAfield,” took five months to develop, and a second phase of the project adapted it for Android devices. The free app, with an advertising-based business model, is geared toward hunters and fishermen. Like seven apps rolled into one, ConnectedAfield features weather, mapping, social media, a moon-phase display, a journal, radar, and classifieds. Because Kelsey and Westerbeck have a bottomless pit of ideas for the app, they’re hoping to take the project into a third phase of development. And the lifelong friends couldn’t be happier.

“We have a team here at UC we never could have imagined putting together,” says Kelsey. “The UC ITSC’s state-of-the-art technology and smart, driven students have been fantastic. We’re super happy about the way they’ve handled things. We wouldn’t have been able to do this if we hadn’t gotten connected to UC.”

*Article reprinted from UC College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services Web Site