Apps Developed by students

20 Amazing iPhone Apps Developed By Students

Have an idea for an App but feel like you need to wait until after undergrad to develop it. These students didn’t! While we were all sleeping in class these bright young minds were changing the way we interact with the world around us. Take a look, download, enjoy and be inspired by the list of 24 amazing iPhone apps developed by young promising students.

1. Battery Go!

Jeff Lange, Michael Phelps and Cameron Banga are students at Valparaiso who decided to create an iPhone app during their summer break in 2009. Just 48 hours after the release of Battery Go!, an app that lets iPhone users know how much battery life is left for surfing the Internet or using music, video or the phone, the app reached the top 100 paid applications list. The three students now have their own development company, 9magnets formally CollegeKidApp.

2. Movies


Carnegie Mellon student Jeffrey Grossman developed, an application that was eventually purchased by Flixter. The app summarizes top DVD releases and box office hits, includes a DVD database of 50,000 movies, connects to Rotten Tomatoes’ movie reviews, provides showtimes and theatre information, and more. The app is now available for free, and through his partnership with Flixster, Grossman is reported to be working with the company as a consultant, at least until he graduates from college.

3. Fractal Fire

Fractal Fire is another app created by 9magnets that allows iPhone users to view and share via e-mail high quality, colorful fractal images accompanied by music and video.

4. How to Analyze Information

9magnets third iPhone application is free to download and shares advice and insight from former Special Assistant to the Director of Central Intelligence and political analyst Herbert E. Meyer. Meyer’s essay “How to Analyze Information” can be accessed directly from the app in full or by skipping to different sections.

5. Radio

USC graduate students Chaitanya Ramavajjala, Raed Shomali and Jen Pei Li developed Radio, which now allows users to listen to over 30,000 radio stations around the world from their iPhones. The updated version features SHOUTcast Radio Directory, a tool for finding radio stations, as well as the ability to connect with Facebook and Twitter.  Scanner Radio is Another app created by Pei Li, Ramavajjala and Shomali’s company Intersect World LLC is Scanner Radio, a tool that opens access to police radio, police scanners and emergency radios in the U.S. and Canada.

6. Currency and Currency Pro

These two apps were also created by Jeffrey Grossman. Currency Pro is completely ad-free and supports updated exchange rates for over 90 different currencies. Both app versions are available in languages like English, Chinese, Dutch, Japanese, Portuguese and more.

7. Air Guitar


This popular app was created by then-students at Stanford University, James Anthony and Edward Marks. Anthony and Marks were some of the first graduates of Stanford’s iPhone development course, and with Air Guitar, they created a mobile- and iPod-friendly way to “rock out with none of the talent or commitment required to play a real instrument.”

8. StudioApp and Studio App lite


This app is a mini recording studio for your iPhone. You can record four tracks of unlimited length plus an instrumental track, using features like 33.001Hz record quality, input clipping marker, input audio decibel meter, and more. StudioApp and StudioApp lite were created by Hayden Kramer and Wesley Miller and have been well-ranked on iTunes.

9. Speed and Nuker

Irish university student Steven Troughton-Smith has developed four iPhone apps, the first of which was Speed. Speed is a speedometer that uses your GPS to evaluate how fast you’re going — on bikes, in cars and trains or on boats. Speed displays in both kilometers and meters. Besides Speed, Steven Troughton-Smith developed Nuker, a useful app for testing Windows XP vulnerability. The app — which currently costs $2.99 — checks to make sure your computer is not about to experience an RPC Denial of Service attack.

10. Jaadu

This app is a powerful tool that allows you to control your computer from your iPhone or iPod touch. The app costs $24.99 but supports Mac, Windows, Linux and AMX Touchscreen. O’Reilly rated Jaadu VNC the “best app for remote desktop access,” an especially remarkable award considering it was developed by Jahanzeb Sherwani, a Carengie Mellon grad student.

11. HaveASec?

Create one-question or multi-question surveys and polls to send to friends, even if they don’t have an iPhone. This app was created by Stanford students Nafis Jamal and Andrew He and is free to use.

12. Qingwen Chinese Dictionary

This Chinese – English dictionary costs $4.99 and features over 100,000 entries. You can save word lists and dictionary entries and listen to a playback recording to hear word pronunciation. Karan Misra is the developer of Qingwen, and he graduated from Stanford’s iPhone developers’ course, too.

13. Chores

Chores, an app developed by University of Mississippi student Deepak Mantena and now sold under the company TapeShow, is an easy task and chore manager that will sync with the soon-to-be-released Mac application Chores for OS X. Wordy — also developed by Mantena and sold through TapeShow — is a vocabulary-boosting tool that generates new words and definitions as many times as you want (versus similar word-a-day tools). Gratuity, & Fright

14. iStanford

iStanford is a revolutionary iPhone app that has immense potential for expansion as it changes the way college students navigate sprawling campuses. The free app, created by Kayvon Beykpour and Aaron Wasserman, uses GPS to help students find campus buildings and classes while connecting them to professors’ email, event schedules and campus news.

15. Spacewalk 3D

This first-person vantage point game allows you to experience a virtual walk on the moon and through space. Developed by Texas State Technical College student Robb McMahan, it features 5 game levels and the opportunity to play from a third-person perspective. The app currently costs $1.99.

16. iSteam

As Greek entrepreneur Konstantinos Eleftheriou postpones his graduate studies, he developed this striking app that turns your iPhone screen into a steamed-over mirror- or window-like image. You can blow on your phone to make it steamy, write and draw on the steam, play games, and write secret messages. iSteam has been reviewed in major publications all over the world and online, and was called a “genius” development by New York Times reporter David Pogue.

17. iProcrastinate Mobile

Craig Otis’ free app is a task management tool that organizes your deadlines by color coding, subject groups and other qualifiers. Otis was a student at Michigan Tech when he developed iProcrastinate, when he was inspired by fellow students needing help organizing their homework.

18. iDiscover

iDiscover is another app to have been developed in the Stanford course. Software students Paul Wilson and Nafis Jamal developed this application to find articles, videos, and other iPhone applications based on the users interests. This application is free, and it continues to have download growth since its release last December. Currently both developers are working towards releasing more applications.

19. Trace

Trace is a platform game for the iPhone that puts the user in total control of the gaming environment. In this game, the user needs to travel from the starting point all the way to the goal by drawing a path to travel along. This application was independently developed by brothers Kevin and Taylor Calderone. When asked in an interview why the brothers released this application for free, Kevin responded, “I didn’t see this as a get-rich-quick scheme, I saw it as a good place to start my career. We are both college students, so a career in this is the ultimate goal.” Trace has boasted over 60,000 ratings on the App Store since its release in October of 2008, and has garnered an average rating of 3 ½ stars.

“I didn’t see this as a get-rich-quick scheme, I saw it as a good place to start my career.

20.  Awesome Ball

According to its developers, Awesome Ball is not a game, but rather a fun time-killing application. Regardless, it is currently ranked number one as the top downloaded free app on iTunes (as of April 14, 2009). College students Jonathan Johnson and Brian Pratt came up with the concept for this application to utilize the iPhone’s real physics capabilities. Having just been released in March of 2009, both developers agree they want to continue developing software for the iPhone. The real physics concept for a time-killing app has proven popular, but it remains to be seen how long this app will stay on top.

Maximillian Garland| Bright Futura Columnist

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