Kyle Parker earned a Bachelor of Science (Honors) with a minor in creative writing from Ball State University in May 2000. Upon graduation, Mr. Parker accepted a job at his alma mater and is employed by Information Technology.
During his employment, Mr. Parker has served as a web developer specializing in Microsoft technologies; a group leader overseeing project management and other developers; and most recently, a software engineer working with a variety of technologies including those used to develop mobile apps. His project portfolio includes departmental and administrative web applications; development, integration and deployment of the university'Ã‚Â™s previous content management system based on Vignette; student productivity web applications; and student-focused mobile apps targeting the Android and iOS platforms.
Mr. Parker has presented at WebDevShare, OHECC, Vignette Village, Educause Midwest and curriculum-specific academic conferences for projects on web applications developed at the university.
Mr. Parker is currently focused on the mobile app space, developing prototype and proof-of-concept apps aimed at providing students with cutting-edge apps, services and tools, reducing the hassle factor in obtaining access to core university information, and offering a rich and immersive experience.
As part of that objective, he and his team created The Traveler, an app for Android-based phones and tablets. Traveler features the integration of captured photos, short videos, drawn sketches, recorded audio files, quick location markers, and GPS tracking into a package that allows the user to organize information and media in an efficient and travelÃ¢Â€Âfriendly interface. With Google Maps built into the app, users can retrace their steps, noting the locations where photos and other media assets were collected and the path traveled along the way. For an immersive, virtual experience with contextual 3D buildings, the path can be "played" back in Google Earth on the device.
With over 80,000 downloads in 190 countries world-wide, Traveler has enjoyed tremendous success in the both the academic world and with the general public. The app was featured on Google Play for several weeks in May 2013, included in the Google Play for Education initiative at Google I/O, showcased at the Sprint Open Solutions Conference with Samsung Mobile, and most recently, a promotional spot on the Samsung Portugal Facebook page.
A previous app, bConnected (available on iOS and Android) won an honorable mention in the Samsung Galaxy Note S Pen App Challenge, was featured on the Official Google TV blog and appeared in press releases on a number of web sites, including CampusTechnology.com.