By Alexander Soule
On Thursday, April 2, the Stamford Innovation Center will host an evening workshop showing people how they can develop a mobile app in an hour’s time –or manage those who would do it for them.
The class is being taught by Mark Lassoff, who grew up in Trumbull and Westport before launching Learn to Program in Vernon, which has taught programming skills to some 400,000 people who take online classes.
Lassoff recently returned from teaching a class at South by Southwest, the annual film and technology conference in Austin, Texas.
In the Stamford Innovation Center class, Lassoff will create a mobile app to show the status of Metro-North trains on the New Haven Line.
Lassoff said he selected that application both to appeal to the Fairfield County audience, as well as to show how readily available information can be repurposed into a clean, functional app.
Lassoff says it is not the app’s function, but the process by which it is created that is the point of his seminar.
“We put this program together to give people an idea of what it takes to put together mobile applications,” Lassoff said.
“We’re not trying to make people professional programmers — rather, we’re trying to give them an idea of what it’s like to put together an app, understand the terminology (and) understand what’s involved, so as they move forth with their projects that are in the digital realm, they’ve got a better idea of what the process is like and the players involved.”
Lassoff hopes to run a class quarterly at the Stamford Innovation Center, which features classes and talks designed to help entrepreneurs and developers learn new skills while connecting with each other, as well as other professionals who can give them a boost.