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UNCW Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship Launches Open Device Lab

The UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and AT&T have established the Coastal Open Resource App Lab (CORAL). CORAL, located in the CIE’s co-working space for students, faculty, staff and community members, is an open lab equipped with a variety of mobile devices for testing developmental Web-based applications on multiple platforms. It is one of only two open device labs in North Carolina.

“Growing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in our area is vital to the continued success of our region,” said CIE Executive Director Jim Roberts. “To do that, the CIE needs to expand the services we have available and continuously provide innovators with new resources to support their businesses. An open device lab is important for companies like NextGlass and Wolfpack that need to test apps on a variety of devices before they go live.”

Developing Web-based applications for mobile devices requires testing on actual equipment. Due to the fragmented nature of operating systems and the cost of acquiring a comprehensive pool of test devices, most developers aren’t able to thoroughly test their Web and app creations. Through AT&T’s sponsorship of CORAL, the CIE now offers a plethora of devices, including the latest mobile gadgets. Over time, the devices will evolve to keep pace with industry standards.

CORAL is open to entrepreneurs and developers in the Web community as well as UNCW students, faculty and staff. CORAL fosters an environment that supports Web and app developers and encourages the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. The CIE works to identify and nurture high-growth, high-impact companies and to accelerate the entrepreneurial ecosystem in southeastern North Carolina. It is located at 803 South College Road, at the south perimeter of the UNCW campus. The CIE houses UNCW’s Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC), technology transfer operations and the Seahawk Innovation Fund. In addition, UNCW faculty and students are able to use the CIE as an accelerator space for academic and entrepreneurial pursuits.