Entrepreneurial university students are filling a void of mobile developers in Queensland by building and selling applications to the University of Queensland and its students, ITNews reports. Former UQ student Aaron McDowall, together with fellow student Kim Hunter, built the university’s navigation app UQnav in 2011, as part of their Bachelor of IT studies. They successfully sold it to the university, which later hired them. The app has received more than 53,000 downloads. The university has since launched an open day application and has an O-week app in the pipeline. “Maps was one of the deficiencies that had been brought to their attention,” McDowall told iTnews. “They then approached us with the view that they would like to buy the app off us and the IP associated with it, and also hire us both to continue developing it to get it to a first release state.” Hunter has since gone on to work with a local mobile development company, while McDowall has stayed on within the university’s IT services department.

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