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Innovations in Mobile Applications


Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)

Innovations in Mobile Applications

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 Innovations in... Mobile Apps:

Design, Development and Best Practices


Thursday, February 21st  

4:00 – 5:00 PM

Elliott Alumni Center - The 1925 Room



Ryan Zarick, Founder of Coder Den and UNH Computer Science alumnus

and the UNH Mobile App Development Team:

  • Cynthia Cargill, Web Solutions Manager
  • Renee Cicerchi, Developer
  • Patricia Estrada, Blackboard Administrator & Developer
  • Neil Larson, New and Emerging Media
  • Dmitry Sadykov, Senior Developer
  • Karen Tan, Portal Administration & Development Manager



Join us as we line up a panel of innovators to discuss the business and innovation of mobile app development.

The UNH Mobile App Development Team recently released UNH Mobile App Suite, which features 18 modules within a customizable homescreen enabling users to hide, show, and reorder icons to their preference. This team will elaborate on their experience building out the suite, which was a collaborative effort between the IT and New & Emerging Media departments.

Ryan Zarick, CEO of Coder Den, will then elaborate on his experiences building a business around an app in the current mobile ecosystem. Coder Den was founded to provide customers with top tier development and design solutions for all mobile devices.

In addition to speaking about their direct experiences, our panelists will discuss the benefits, risks, and challenges of bringing a new mobile resource to market. Included in the discussion will be ways to:

  • Evaluate the business need for a mobile application
  • Begin the development process 
  • Generate revenue from a mobile app
  • Plan your apps for scalability while speeding up development time
  • Avoid common pitfalls mobile app developers make
  • Keep data secure from emerging threats to mobile devices
This event will provide information for innovators, business entrepreneurs, university faculty, staff, and students interested in mobile app development to support and promote their great ideas.

About our Speakers:

Ryan Zarick, Founder of Coder Den

Ryan is co-founder and CEO of Coder Den, a software development company specializing in Android, iPhone and website development. Ryan also serves as a CTO at Buzzdraft, an online daily fantasy sports site where people can draft fantasy sports teams to win money.

Before becoming an entrepreneur, Ryan was an accomplished researcher focusing on precision timing and data-centers. Ryan has a combined collection of over ten academic and professional publications, as well as his MS ('11) and BS ('09) in Computer Science from the University of New Hampshire. During his time at UNH, he worked at the UNH-InterOperability Lab, gaining more than six years of industry experience in designing and implementing software applications. 

Cynthia Cargill, Web Solutions Manager, UNH 

Cynthia joined UNH as the Web Solutions Manager in 2011. Her background includes large scale online communication and integration projects within higher education, global standards developing associations and fortune 100 businesses. Cynthia focuses on building teams and processes to bridge the gap between technology and communications and holds a yellow belt in Six Sigma and 2013 graduate with a Master’s of Science in Business Management with an emphasis on Project Management.

Renee Cicerchi, Developer, Academic Technology

Renee works in the Blackboard Portal and Development team and has been with UNH for 35 years. During her time at UNH, she has served in a variety of administrative and academic system support roles. She has been a member of the UNH Identity Management System team since 2006 and is proficient in Oracle development. She is a key contributor to the UNH Mobile Application development effort.

Patricia Estrada, Blackboard Administrator and Developer

Patricia is a UNH Computer Science Graduate who has worked in various capacities at the university for 5 years. She serves as a key contributor to the UNH Mobile Application development effort.

Neil Larson, New and Emerging Media, Communications and Marketing

Neil Larson is responsible for web design and coding projects with a focus on visual strategy, web standards, accessibility, user experience, and responsive design. Neil also engages in the full spectrum strategic planning, consulting and development of online ad campaigns, mobile applications and multimedia presentations, all the way through to follow-up analytics, tracking, and reporting. 

Dmitry Sadykov, Sr. Developer, Academic Technology

Dmitry works in the Blackboard Portal and Development team and has been with UNH for over 8 years. During those years, he had played a pivotal role in a number of strategic projects, including UNH Single Sign On. He is proficient in Oracle, Web and Mobile development. He is a key contributor to the UNH Mobile Application development effort and the architect and lead developer of the UNH Mobile Suite and the underlying infrastructure.

Karen Tan, Portal Administration and Development Manager, Academic Technology

Karen has been with UNH for just under 2 years. She manages the Blackboard portal and all upgrades, integrations and vendor relations, both internally and externally, as well as application development projects. She is the chairperson for the Mobile Application Development cross-functional team. Karen’s background is in IT Operations and Enterprise Application Management and she has been in higher education for over 12 years.


The official Twitter hashtag for this event is #orpccatalyst.

The seminar will be followed by beer and networking from 5:00-7:00pm in the same room. Attendees must be 21+ to partake.


This year, ORPC seminars are located in the Elliott Alumni Center on the corner of Edgewood Road (off of Main Street) and Strafford Avenue in Durham.

Campus visitors are encouraged to park in Lot H for $1/hour; parking is free after 6pm. Metered parking is also available along Strafford Avenue.

New Parking for ORPC Catalyst Seminars



The Innovation Catalyst Seminar Series, hosted monthly, discusses relevant issues related to commercializing UNH’s innovations, including current and emerging best practices on campus.

The seminars are open to all and designed to be a meeting place for innovators, entrepreneurs, service providers, and anyone else interested in how the university innovations of today represent the information and opportunities of tomorrow.

Want to know the latest from the Office for Research Partnerships and Commercialization? Follow Executive Director Marc Sedam on Twitter: @UNHinnovation


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When & Where

Elliott Alumni Center
9 Edgewood Rd
Durham, NH 03824

Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)

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