David Wolber is the Chair of Computer Science at the University of San Francisco. David teaches App Inventor in his “Computing, Robots, and the Web” course at USF. The apps created by his students– mostly humanities and business majors with no prior programming experience–have been chronicled in articles of the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Tech Crunch, Fortune.CNN.com, and Yahoo news. David began teaching App Inventor as part of Google’s 2009 pilot program involving ten universities. In 2010, he received a grant from Google to work with the App Inventor team and authored the advanced tutorials that appear on the App Inventor site. He is currently writing a book on App Inventor along with Hal Abelson that will be published by O’Reilly in Spring 2011.
Hal Abelson is Class of 1922 Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a fellow of the IEEE. He is a founding director of Creative Commons, Public Knowledge, and the Free Software Foundation. Additionally, he serves as co-chair for the MIT Council on Educational Technology.