Grooveshark University

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Grooveshark University
Type Private
Location Gainesville, Florida, United States
Campus Online

Grooveshark University is a free, semester-long program offered by software engineers at Grooveshark.com to intermediate programmers at the college level and beyond.[1] Grooveshark offers the initiative to help programmers gain the experience needed to develop their own technological innovations.[2]

Enrollment is by application only, and is not limited to college students.[3][4]

History[edit]

Grooveshark University was developed to help ease new interns into Grooveshark's work environment.[5] Gradually, the program grew into a hub for idea creation, technical learning, and prototype development, as Grooveshark saw "potential for other ideas developed in Gainesville to grow into full-fledged businesses."[6]

Grooveshark University is part of an ongoing process to promote innovation in the Gainesville, Florida area.[7] The program's mission is to provide an environment where interested developers, young and old, can hone their skills or work with other developers to create new projects and pursue great ideas.[8][9]

Classes[edit]

The GSU lectures focus on a variety of different technical topics, including: mobile and web development, web standards, and specific programming languages like Python.[10][11] Weekly sessions are held in the evening[12] at Santa Fe College's downtown Center for Innovation and Economic Development.[13]

Meetings typically include presentations by Grooveshark developers and group discussions for networking with other programmers.[14]

Students[edit]

Undergraduate students, graduate students, and experienced developers have taken part in Grooveshark University.[15] Grooveshark says it looks for individuals "with a lot of raw potential"[16] when choosing participants for the program.

The program is selective. In the first semester, 25 of 50 original applicants were accepted as students, and of that group, fewer than 15 students completed the first semester.[17] The application process screens for personality as well as skill, and favors candidates who are comfortable working with other people.[18]

Students of Grooveshark University are encouraged to create their own projects outside of the weekly lectures. Graduating students have produced projects such as[19]

  • A side-scroller game
  • Reign.ws, a web-based RPG
  • A Halo Reach application for Android
  • A music mashup site
  • A Chrome web extension for YouTube and Grooveshark
  • A geolocation service aggregator
  • A Twitter-based music recommendation service
  • A LED banner notification system

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "http://news.sfcollege.edu/read.php/2010/11/17/grooveshark-university-offers-course-at-the-cied.html". Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
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  6. ^ "http://www.gainesville.com/article/20101217/ARTICLES/101219630". Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "http://www.wcjb.com/news/8462/technology-spotlight-1-4-11-grooveshark-u". Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "http://www.gainesvillechamber.com/Tech_Entrepreneurs_Give_Back.aspx". Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
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  12. ^ "http://grooveshark.com/university". Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  13. ^ "http://www.gainesville.com/article/20101217/ARTICLES/101219630". Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  14. ^ "http://grooveshark.com/university". Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
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  16. ^ "http://www.wuftfm.org/news/index.php?id=446". Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  17. ^ "http://news.sfcollege.edu/read.php/2010/11/17/grooveshark-university-offers-course-at-the-cied.html". Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  18. ^ "http://www.wcjb.com/news/8462/technology-spotlight-1-4-11-grooveshark-u". Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  19. ^ "http://www.alligator.org/news/local/article_eeb3c08a-01bb-11e0-b8fd-001cc4c03286.html". Retrieved 27 April 2011.