We provide a collaborative environment for members to grow their technical skills while building the next generation of software products.
Our development cycle
Our development cycle is designed to produce the best environment for our members to build cutting-edge apps. Through weekly workshops and major events, it provides a framework to guide our teams to success. Along each stage of the cycle, our teams receive support from mentors and industry advisors. Each team has access to a wealth of resources such as professional software, technical assistance, marketing outlets, and funding.
How We Do It
We use the latest technology and industry practices. We have workshops every week and major events catered to each stage of the development cycle.
OuR Major Events
At our idea socials, new members go through multiple rounds of ideation to come up with app ideas and find collaborators to work with. They also pitch their ideas to a panel of older members and industry professionals.
In addition to our Hackshops every weekend, we host 2 internal hackathons each semester. Teams receive industry advice and guidance as they present their proofs of concept. Our hackathons allow members to make significant progress on their projects and receive additional feedback in a casual setting.
THE BERKELEY APP FAIR
Every semester, MDB hosts an app fair for students to advertise their projects to the Berkeley community. Teams prepare their own marketing materials, promotions, and demonstrations to showcase their product and get their first downloads.
Our Training Program
Every semester, we bring in a new class of UC Berkeley students and put them through a rigorous training program. The program lasts five weeks and is one of the most comprehensive technical learning experiences at Cal. Members learn about all facets of building a tech product: frontend, backend, design, and engineering. Once first semester members have completed their training, they are equipped to build professional level apps. They spend the second half of the semester working in a team to launch their first full scale mobile application. Additionally, one new mobile app each semester is selected to receive a grant from MDB to use for marketing and promotional materials.