Schools, colleges and universities are being offered a free enterprise level app publishing platform for mobile devices.

Young mobile app developers will be offered free access to Weejot.com, the the app publishing platform from Jadu. The company plans to offer the tool to schools, colleges and universities nationwide, following a trial in Suffolk, run in partnership with Suffolk County Council.

Weejot.com enables both technical and non-technical users to create and publish mobile apps, without the need for approval through app stores. Weejot.com can be used by budding developers to improve their programming skills using HTML5 and JavaScript.

Weejot mobile app platform

The initiative follows a trial run with Suffolk County Council in June, which led to 17 year-old Woodbridge School pupil Tom O’Brian being offered a job with Jadu over the summer. O’Brian had built an app to provide information about school closures in the event of bad weather/emergencies.

Suffolk Council subscribed to a paid-for Weejot.com mobile app publishing service from Jadu using the Government’s new G-Cloud Cloudstore.

“We wanted to ensure we took an inclusive approach to building innovation into our mobile strategy,” said Mark Adams-Wright, CIO of Suffolk County Council. “We wanted to share the learning potential of the Weejot.com platform and encourage local developers to work with us."

Jadu said it wanted to "put mobile web app development on the curriculum and on the map".

Jadu intends to offer the Weejot.com service to every school, college and university in the UK to add to the curriculum for teaching modern ICT to students from key stage 3 and upwards, right up into higher education.

Using a beta software development kit the platform can be used to build any kind of mobile app using HTML5 and JavaScript.