April 30, 2014
There are currently 500 high school and college students vying for a spot in the 50-person class before the application deadline of May 3 approaches. This summer, the curriculum that’s used at institutions like MIT, Carnegie Mellon, and UC Berkeley will be used to teach said students how to design and code their own iPhone games.
The two-month intensive Summer Academy was designed to take students from idea origin all the way through shipping their game to the App Store. Participants will go through the online tutorials and get familiarized with Objective C programming as well.
Alums of the Summer Academy have gone on to work with companies like Dropbox, Apple, Facebook, Groupon, Gameloft, and Square. This is partly due to the fact that co-founder Ashu Desai and the team at MakeGamesWithUs have set up the program to emulate a 9 to 5 startup work schedule.
“We don’t just teach them coding, we teach them about product development in general,” says Desai. “We want to give them the same experience they might receive building a product at a startup company.”
To date over 250 students have taken the in-person course and nearly 1 million others have used the online tutorials to their advantage. Further, games like Dare Bear, The Deeps, and Name That Jam have all come out of the Summer Academy and toward success.
MakeGamesWithUs was founded in 2012 and funded by tech powerhouses Y Combinator, Andreessen Horowitz, Alexis Ohanian, and Tim Draper. The Summer Academy officially kicks off on June 23, so if you know anybody who aspires to make the next best iPhone game, make sure they apply today.
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