App-building workshops slated for UH-MC

Two eight-hour workshops on building apps for mobile devices will be held April 22 and 24 at the University of Hawaii Maui College.

Maui Business Brainstormers and the Small Business Solutions project, part of EdVenture at UH-Maui College, are cosponsoring the free event.

The workshop will teach the essentials needed to build a mobile app for iOS, Android, Windows Phone or a mobile browser, the news release about the workshop said. By the end of the workshop, attendees will have built a full-featured app and ready for release on the app stores without having written a single line of server-side code.

Guest presenter Greg Rewis has been passionate about the Web since putting his first “home page” online in 1994, the news release said. His more than 20-year career includes time at Macromedia, Adobe and Stremor Corp and work with GoLive Cyberstudio, Dreamweaver and JavaScript.

Rewis currently is at Apigee, serving as a technical evangelist for the company’s digital business platform to mobile developers.

At the Maui workshop, Rewis will review mobile development and discuss using HTML5 and JavaScript as a development option. Attendees will learn how to leverage a mobile UI framework (jQuery Mobile), how to add, store and retrieve data via APIs with a Backend-as-a-Service (open-source Usergrid) and how to package apps for devices and app stores using PhoneGap.

Breakfast and lunch are included in the daylong event that runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day in the Pilina Building Multipurpose Room.

Attendees must RSVP online with MBB at