Charlottesville-based app developer WillowTree Apps Inc. was featured on CNBC this week when CEO Tobias A. Dengel gave his take on the future of mobile tech outside Apple’s 2012 Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. [Watch the video clip here.]
The company has built more than 100 apps for iPhone and iPad, Android, Windows Phone 7, Blackberry and Web, including “The Good Old App,” U.Va.’s official mobile application and Apple’s #1 “New and Noteworthy” education app. Among the free app’s lead features are interactive maps that allow users to search for and identify buildings on Grounds using GPS as well as push notifications for U.Va. athletics scores. [Download "The Good Old App" on iTunes and Android Market.]
Dengel, a former vice president at AOL, says WillowTree’s relationship with U.Va. extends far beyond the typical client–provider relationship. “Through our relationship with U.Va. and Darden we’ve been able to build a local tech business, have hired over 10 recent U.Va. grads, [and] have had over 15 U.Va. interns, all of which makes Charlottesville, U.Va. and WillowTree better.
“To us, this shows that U.Va. and Charlottesville can successfully take a page out of what Stanford, Harvard and others have been doing for years, and how U.Va. and Darden will hopefully continue to place a great premium on sourcing technology locally.”