UX Lab at Robarts Library

The UX Lab is the University's first space dedicated to studying and supporting User Experience (UX) research and design. The UX Lab is open to U of T students, staff, and faculty by appointment or during weekly drop in hours.

Visit the Robarts UX Lab homepage to find out more about their services, drop-in hours and how to participate in UX research by becoming a member of the UTL Research Pool.

UofT Startup looking for a Mobile App Developer

June 20, 2016

Mobile App Developer (iOS/Android)

Cupit, Toronto, ON, Canada

We're developing a platform that will change the way people consume resources. We’re working on technology that makes it easy, fun and rewarding for people to reduce their environmental footprint. Our idea has received recognition, winning 1st place at the Startup Hub x Uken Games Mobile Gamification Competition and we’re currently competing in regional semifinals of the Global Social Venture competition


This is your opportunity to join a stealth-mode high growth company that makes a real impact. You will be joining our team of 4 (hackers, developers and sustainability experts) and will be given an opportunity to innovate in a very exciting and rapidly growing area.

You’re great fit if:

- you want to be a primary contributor of an exciting project

- you want to build something very scalable

- you want to have great options in a company

- you’re passionate about ventures with a social impact.


Interested in helping out? Here's what we're looking for:

* App Development Experience for iOS or Android, or both.

* Back-end development (ex. experience with Node.js, Heroku, Parse etc.)

* Database engines (ex. MySQL, Postgresql, MongoDB).

* Git, Agile

* Bonus: Front-end development (HTML, CSS, Javascript) and Python.


To apply:


Send us your resume/portfolio to letscupit@gmail.com and we’ll get in touch.


Event: How a Startup Got Started: PrepYou

September 23, 2014

Lunch Time Event: Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, 12:30 PM
Location: MADLab - Gerstein Library

You have a great idea for an app, but how to you create a real company?

In a market that demands support for a wide variety of platforms - how do you support them all simultaneously with a small team?

Amin Nikdel and Tejas Mehta from PrepYou will be at the MADLab to share their story in a quick 30 min. lunch time talk on creating their company, and reaching a broad audience of mobile users.

Apps by UofT Students: Konectivity and Kodi

July 14, 2014

Here are a couple brand new apps by UofT students!. The Konectivity app was created by a team sponsored by the UofT Entrepreneurship Hatchery, but you can find them most days hacking away at the MADLab which is acting as a nerve center for their activities.

The Kodi Android app was created by Michael Lee, who was one of our MADLab mobile app development advisors last year. As an Android expert, he was here to offer assistance and advice to students, faculty and staff developing Android apps. We have similar advisors here this summer, and they are available during the week to help you get started on your project, or just to chat dev!


A screenshot of the connections list from the Konectivity app

A screen from the Konectivity app

In an effort to bring conversations from the virtual world back to the physical world, Konectivity is a networking platform that helps you to find professionals with matching interests. It shines at events, conferences, airports and all other places where you want to konect with people nearby. So go on, and say hello, unlock the business potentials, share the bright ideas, or simply just talk about last night's big game, all through the conversations you will have with the professionals around you! Here is how it works: 1) Discover professionals around you 2) Choose who you would like to konect with 3) Simply Konect!

Website: www.konectivity.com

Google Play store: Link

IOS App store: Link

Blackberry World: Link​


Kodi Android

A screenshot of a menu of service icons from the Kodi app

The Kodi App

Looking for Korean restaurants in Toronto? A coffee shop in North York? A beauty salon in downtown?
Kodi the Korean directory can help you. Using Kodi to search for places to eat, drink, shop, and find other businesses for Koreans in Toronto and GTA, Ontario, Canada.

- Search for Korean businesses in Toronto and GTA, Ontario, Canada

- Look up addresses and phone numbers for thousands of local businesses

- Call, SMS, or Map them from your phone easily

- Tap one of icons in main page for quickly browsing a list of businesses in categories

- Kodi can display information in Korean or English automatically by your phone's language settings.

Google Play store: Link

You CAN Take It With You: Going Mobile for Health

June 11, 2014

On June 11, 2014, the THLA & HSICT hosted at joint event at the Gerstein Science Information Centre which included a "Mobile App Petting Zoo" session right here at the MADLab.

The conference also included a keynote address from Michelle Hamilton Page (Manager, Social Media CAMH), and a panel with Ron McPherson (UHN), Marisa Cicero & Amanda Hignell (St. Michael's Hospital), and Melanie Yeung (Centre for Global eHealth Innovation).

Each guest spoke about designing, developing and releasing mobile apps.

Here are links to several of the apps that were discussed:

Saying When: How to quit drinking or cut down (CAMH)


FCR: Find Cancer Resources (UHN)

App Home Page

My Baby and Me Passport App (St. Michael's)

Google Play
Windows Store

bant - A diabetes app for the ePatient (Centre for Global eHealth Information

App Home Page


WWDC 2014 News Roundup

Apple has just wound up WWDC, their annual conference for OSX and iOS developers where they announce new versions and features of their software platforms. This year they gave a preview of OSX Yosemite and iOS 8. Raymond Yin, one of our resident mobile app advisors has compiled a list of useful links.



Why iOS 8 Will Be A Big Deal for Educators


WWDC 2014: Apple reveals 'Health', its new app for tracking fitness and wellbeing
The Guardian

University of Iowa working with Apple on Health


WWDC Event Recap

The 22 most important things Apple announced at WWDC 2014
The Verge

WWDC 2014 Roundup: Enhanced iOS 8, redesigned OS X 10.10, new hardware (plus fresh details)

iOS 8

With iOS 8, The iPhone Will Become Your Digital Hub


Swift: a developer's guide to Apple's new programming language
The Guardian

Why developers are buzzing about Apple’s new Swift programming language


Extreme Startups Events in May

April 29, 2014

Calling all developers and designers!

Extreme Startups is launching a series of events in May targeted toward developers and designers interested in working with

These events will give students the opportunity to meet and interact with startup founders & teams responsible for the innovations emerging from the Toronto Startup ecosystem.


Summer Work Study Jobs at the MADLab

April 23, 2014

The MADLab has several summer work study positions open! If you are taking a course this summer, have skills in Android, iOS or HTML5 mobile development, and are interested in making some money creating apps and supporting others, please consider applying. You can find the listings on the Career Learning Network: https://cln.utoronto.ca/home.htm


Android Mobile Lab Assistant,  #32454

iOS Mobile Lab Assistant, #32448

HTML5 Mobile Lab Assistant,  #32455


New! How To Read UofT Library Journal Articles On Your iOS or Android Tablet

April 3, 2014

Download Browzine to browse, read, and monitor scholarly journals on your iOS or Android tablet.

Browse, read, and monitor scholarly journals on your iOS or Android tablet with a new app sponsored by the library. BrowZine gives you direct and easy access to many University of Toronto Libraries’ licensed electronic journals. Stay up to date with the top titles in your field and be notified when new issues become available. Save articles on your tablet or Dropbox, share them with collaborators, and send citation information to programs like Zotero and Mendeley.

More details and video.