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Research Guides

Entrepreneurship Research Workshops

This guide outlines the suite of entrepreneurship research workshops provided by the library, including Co-Curricular Record and Graduate Professional Skills workshops. Workshops are open to all students, faculty and staff at the university.

Introduction to Mobile App Development

This introduction is a high-level tour of the world of app development, for entrepreneurs and others interested in designing or prototyping a mobile app. It is intended to help you understand the app design process and development ecosystem, and the decisions you will need to make during design and development. A laptop is not required for this workshop.

You will leave with:

  • An understanding of mobile app structure and architecture
  • Knowledge of the differences between app architecture types - native vs. hybrid 
  • Ability to identify the tools used in app development
  • Strategies and tools for app marketing and distribution
  • Inspiration for awesome features for your app by browsing the advanced services provided by iOS and Android
  • A preview of how prototypes are turned into functional apps.


When: Friday, November 9, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Where: MADLab, Gerstein Library, 1 below

Instructor: Mike Spears, MADLab Manager,

Register here

Note: This workshop is free and registration is required. However, we have a minimum attendance threshold for this course to run. If you cannot attend this workshop, and fail to withdraw 48+ hours in advance, thereby preventing others on the waitlist from filling in your spot, your library account will be charged $10. Please note, it is your responsibility to sign-in next to your name on the attendance sheet for this workshop. A blank signature spot will result in a penalty charge.

Instructor Bio

Mike Spears is a senior member of the Development Team in the Academic & Collaborative Technologies group at U of T. In addition to his facilities management and app development work, Mike has delivered workshops and guest lectures on app development, 3D printing and 3D design. In addition to his work at U of T, Mike volunteers his time and technical expertise with the non-profit Toronto Design Offsite Festival, including authoring their official festival mobile app.