Nov ACM mtg: Those Who Can: A Faculty-Created Startup for Mobile Apps

The Chicago Chapter of the ACM is proud to be able to bring in a speaker from the ACM's Distinguished Speaker Program (DSP). We typically only get this opportunity once a year, and next Wednesday Dr. Ronald Vetter, from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, will be presenting at our monthly meeting November 14.

The DSP is an outreach program of ACM that brings distinguished speakers from academia, industry, and government to give presentations to ACM chapters, members, and the greater IT community in a variety of venues and formats.


The Distinguished Speakers Program has always operated in the spirit of service and outreach. Its goals are to provide some of the best content ACM has to offer through its network of high quality speakers and to facilitate professional networking.

A joint Chicago Chapter ACM / Loyola University Computer Science Department meeting


Those Who Can: A Faculty-Created Startup for Mobile Apps

Speaker: Dr. Ronald Vetter

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

5:45 pm - Social Hour, hearty refreshments provided
6:30 - pm Presentation

Admission: Free, General Admission


Dr. Vetter will describe the development of mobile phone applications at the University of North Carolina Wilmington through a company he co-owns. He will highlight text messaging applications ranging from simple data access applications to a novel discovery game for freshman at the University. He will also discuss current and future trends in Android, iOS, cross-platform, and web-based mobile app development. Dr. Vetter will conclude with a discussion of emerging issues and challenges in mobile device security.

Dr. Vetter will include a description of the business structure of the faculty-owned company, in which UNCW plays a role as an equity investor. He will explain how the University encourages faculty to develop and pursue business opportunities. His company is now selling several applications commercially.

Ron Vetter is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. His research interests include mobile and wireless networking, parallel and distributed computing, multimedia systems, and distance education.

His research has been supported by the NSF, USDA, NASA, and others.

Vetter received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in computer science from North Dakota State University and his PhD in computer science from the University of Minnesota. Vetter served on the editorial advisory board of Communications of the ACM from[masked] and he has been an ACM Distinguished Lecturer since 1998.

Reservations: Here on meetup or at our main site: chicagoacm.org

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  • Andrew K.

    Very good speaker, member of the ACM's Distinguished Speakers Program.

    November 14, 2012

  • Jesse L.

    I was hoping to come to meeting learn more about future of mobile app development and for networking purposed. Unfortunately, I have other obligations. I am co-owner of new start-up based out of Chicago and am looking for programmer for a potential partnership in our company. This person must have expertise in 3D programming and mobile app development. Please email me at [masked] if interested in this potential opportunity.

    October 29, 2012

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