Our Center is driven by a vision that people should be able to experience mobile technology as creators, not just consumers. One focus of our activity here is App Inventor, a Web-based program development tool that even beginners with no prior programming experience can use to create mobile applications.
Work on App Inventor was initiated in Google Research by Hal Abelson and is continuing at the Center under his direction. In the first quarter of 2012, the Center will launch an App Inventor service for general public access, similar to the one Google prototyped from 2009 through 2011. Before that service becomes available, the Center, in collaboration with Google, will distribute free and open source software that experienced programmers can use to deploy their own App Inventor services using Google App Engine. Work on this is underway. Educators and others interested in deploying their own services in early 2012 can track our progress in the MIT's App Inventor site.