Posts for Computer Tech Division

When our Logo was an Acorn

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Flashback to fall 2006, where what would become the Research and Business Development Center (RBDC) was the Eastern Idaho Entrepreneurial Center (EIEC), which would later be coined the E  Center. We had 7 interns, no previous projects, and a mission to improve the economy in Eastern Idaho.

Our logo also had an acorn then that symbolized our large aspirations. One day this little acorn that would become a giant oak tree, just like our small center would grow.

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Original E Center logo  (2006)                                   E Center logo  (2010)                                     RBDC logo (2015)


Flash forward almost ten years and numerous changes have occurred. Names have changed, programs have been added and expertise have been expanded. As of today the RBDC has completed over 700 projects for 300+ clients with the help of over 500 interns. These research and business development projects have help owners grow their ideas into sustainable profitable businesses, such as Gorgeous Garage and Kate’s Real Food.

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Learn more about Gorgeous Garage here.


Check out Kate's here

Check out Kate’s here


In November we hosted the Entrepreneurs’ Platform, a tri-annual event that provides a setting for promising entrepreneurs, business owners, and mentors a setting to make connections and link to needed resources.

Every time I help with this event I can’t help but think about our little center almost 10 years ago and the many changes that we have went through. This leads me to look forward to the adventure that lies ahead for our promising entrepreneurs.

The Entrepreneurs’ Platform was held November 17th 2015 at the Eastern Idaho Technical College. To learn more about the Platform and future events contact us at


Customizing web2py auth_user Table

The following lines of code take place in the file.

Declaring an auth_user table

# Set up a default auth user table

auth.define_tables(username=False, signature=False)

Declaring a customized auth_user table

# Set up a customized auth_user table

auth.settings.extra_fields[‘auth_user’]=[Field(‘registration_complete’), Field(‘favorite_number’)]

auth.define_tables(username=False, signature=False)


Call the function

auth.settings.extra_fields[‘auth_user’]=[Field(‘registration_complete’), Field(‘favorite_number’)]

Specify the table you want to alter

auth.settings.extra_fields[‘auth_user’]=[Field(‘registration_complete’), Field(‘favorite_number’)]

Specify the Fields you would like to add to the table 

auth.settings.extra_fields[‘auth_user’]=[Field(‘registration_complete’), Field(‘favorite_number’)]


When you are creating a customized auth_user table you must place the auth.settings.extra_fields statement before the auth.define_tables statement. If you don’t put it before the auth.define_tables statement, the auth_user table will not be customized and will be default.

Research & Creative Works Conference Platform


Brigham Young University-Idaho


The R&CW Conference platform is a web application that brings participants, mentors, department representatives, judges and staff together. It also manages the planning, approvals and logistics of putting the conference on. One of the main goals was to create and intuitive interface that allowed each party to understand and interact with their own responsibilities (and only their own) in relation to the conference. The second goal was to automate as much as possible; things such as routing an abstract through the approvals process, notifying staff of important changes or events and giving judges a digital, mobile way to provide scores and feedback. The third goal was to provide functionality that would reduce the workload on the conference staff. All-in-all it meshes the different users and functionality into a common, structured, predictable application.


This project has two primary places of impact: those involved in the conference and the students building the application. For those involved in the conference the project means a unified place to house all the data and interactions that take place – which is no small matter. For staff it simplifies the planning and communication drastically, for participants it helps streamline the submission process and for judges it puts the scoring and feedback process literally in the palm of their hands with a mobile first design. Each type of user is guided through their respective duties and the system handles the rest.

Three students have participated in the creation of the system. The impact to them is both significant and lasting. They have the opportunity to supplement their formal education with experience on a real project for a client. This means that beyond a grade they need to be conscious of budgets, deadlines, client expectations, bug fixes and all the other details that come into play in life outside the classroom. Perhaps even more importantly they have a chance to apply their education to their craft and really solidify the concepts they are taught. Ultimately this makes for a more skilled, more confident, more professional student.


Currently the system is being beta tested by both our students and the staff of the R&CW conference. Our objective is to be running along side the current system at the up coming R&CW conference and then completely replace it for the next conference.