Students harness cloud services to develop award-winning iPhone app

IBM MobileFirst Platform software powers Noteable app for real-time collaboration

Published on 10 Feb 2016

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Jason Brooks, Ivy League university student and codeveloper of the Noteable app.



Deployment country
United States


In September 2014, a team of Ivy League university students led by Jason Brooks and Minh Tri-Pham with Sachith Gullapalli and Micah Rosales entered PennApps, a weekend-long programming competition at the University of Pennsylvania. Some 1,000 students took part in the 36-hour "hackathon" where student teams learn and work together to develop an application for solving a real-world problem.

Business need
At a weekend programming competition, a team of Ivy League university students needed to quickly prototype and develop an iPhone app for digitizing handwritten notes, searching and editing text, and collaborating in real time.

The students' award-winning Noteable app harnessed IBM® MobileFirst Platform cloud software, which include the IBM Cloudant® database as a service (DaaS) and IBM Bluemix platform as a service (PaaS) solutions.

The IBM platform provides DaaS for server hosting, processing, and data management and offers easy-to-use capabilities for rapid app prototyping, data security, fault tolerance and scalability.


IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Cloudant Data Layer Local Edition, IBM MobileFirst Platform Cloudant Data Layer Local Edition, IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation

IBM MobileFirst

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