Boston Linux & UNIX was originally founded in 1994 as part of The Boston Computer Society. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Building E51.

MIT App Inventor

Date and Time

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm


MIT Building E-51, Room 315


Jeff Schiller , Network Manager , Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - jis mit edu


An intuitive, visual programming environment for building smartphone and tablet apps


Those new to MIT App Inventor can have a simple first app up and running in less than 30 minutes. The MIT App Inventor project seeks to democratize software development by empowering all people, especially young people, to move from technology consumption to technology creation.

Jeffrey discusses the back end of MIT App Inventor, including how he migrated an instance with 200,000 users and 100 GB of storage from one cloud provider to another with only a few minutes of downtime.


Jeff works at MIT in the Information Services and Technology Department (IS&T). For more then 20 years he's managed MIT's Internet presence. He also built a significant portion of MIT's Security Infrastructure including its X.509 certificate deployment. MIT is probably has one of the largest deployments (and certainly the oldest, dating back to 1996) of X.509 client Certificates.


  1. About MIT App Inventor
  2. Jeffrey Schiller at CSAIL
  3. Jeffrey Schiller home page

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