The University of Aberdeen
The Computing Science Department

Clients

We work with a number of clients using a variety of avenues. We may work with you through paid teams, our small team of volunteers, or as part of a group project for a specific course.

Paid teams

In 2010-2011 we started working with paying clients on a rolling two-week basis to develop their applications. This went well and provided invaluable experience to a small number of students.

In 2011-2012 we continued with this and one student left his job in a cafe after working on one of these projects and starting a second, which turned into his new part-time job. He's now working with a firm doing work which supports his degree in a number of ways. This kind of symbiosis is what we're trying to achieve.

In 2012-2013 we had several paid teams which helped local firms in Aberdeen and Glasgow.

Volunteer teams

The volunteer teams comprise students who have volunteered to participate in the scheme. The students participate as part of a team working with one client per team.

During the first-half session of 2009-2010 a team developed OutLoad for the Assistive Technology unit in DIT at the University of Aberdeen. This application will read out load selected text for students, or save it as an mp3 for use later in a study session.

Group projects

A number of programmes have group projects as part of their coursework, usually in the summer. The limited time frame of these projects means we can only manage smaller projects, or specific parts of larger projects. As they start in the summer, the details of these projects need to be organised between January and March so that everything is in place in good time.

We are currently looking for team project clients for the summer of 2013.

In the summer of 2012 we had student projects working with a number of local and national organisations building applications dealing with horse profiling, carbon footprint reporting and pest management for special collections in libraries. One student found a place with the organisation to continue work on the project too, which was nice to see.

In the summer of 2011 we had student projects working with international and local organisations. All projects finished well and in good order.

In the summer of 2010 we organised student run group projects to develop an accommodation booking system, an local history site for the Small Ilses, a digital asset tool for Survival International and a technical study for a local web development team. In 2009 we worked with Technabling and the  Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisations (ACVO), and feature contributions to the open source project RailFrog.

We also have intensive four week group projects. The four week projects are ideal for trying out an idea with experienced computing students on the MSc Advanced IS and MSc Advanced CS programmes.

Ideas and discussions always welcome

Whatever your idea or concept, please do contact us and let us know of your interest as we always welcome new partners. We also happy to discuss ideas even if we don't end up working together at this time.