Ever had a conversation with a friend where you both look at each other and say "that would be an awesome idea for an app?!" It probably is, so let's get it made! 

My friend Kimberly and I have had a lot of conversations like that during our long runs.  I don't know if it's actually been done yet, but our best idea so far is an app that shows you the location of all the public restrooms around the Treasure Valley...you know, just in case your stomach decides it's not happy with you during a run or bike ride.  Like all great innovators, we'd like to think we'd make a killing off the app if we just knew someone who could make it for us!

If you've got an idea like that, the University of Idaho is helping you take a huge step forward toward making it a reality! According to the Idaho Statesman, U of I is teaming up with Innovation Collective to host a FREE one-hour class introducing Idahoans to app development using Apple's Swift.

I've been a Mac and iPhone user for years, but have never heard of Swift before! It's Apple's open language that allows anyone with an idea to start building apps for iOS, Mac, Apple TV and even the Apple Watch. During the class, you'll get a hands on opportunity to control a mischief making Sphero toy using app development.  Sphero's the manufacturer of the popular mini BB-8 Droid that was in high demand during the Christmas season when Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released.

There's a few classes happening in the LITE-FM listening area this week! If you want to check out one of these FREE opportunities, here's where you can check out a class.

  • University of Idaho Boise, Legacy Pointe Room | March 27, 3-5 p.m. and March 28, 8-10 a.m.
  • University of Idaho Caldwell Education Center | March 28, 3-5 p.m.
  • Mountain Home American Legion | March 27 7:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.