Learn iOS at Mobile Makers Academy

August 17, 2012

8:34 am

If past success is truly an indicator of future success, the Mobile Makers Academy may have a hit on their hands.

Dave Hoover helped build Obtiva, the largest Ruby on Rails software development firm in the city that created Ruby on Rails (that’s Chicago, for those of you keeping score at home). When Obtiva sold to Groupon for a modest $2.4 million in August 2011, Hoover assumed the role of senior engineering manager at the daily deal company.

He has since been involved as a mentor and advisor at CodeAcademy and most recently as a co-founder of the Mobile Makers Academy, billed as an intense, 10-week iOS development program for would-be developers with no prior experience on the platform. Joining Hoover as co-founder are fellow CodeAcademy mentor Don Bora, as well as Reid Lappin and Brandon Passley of mobile development agency VOKAL Interactive (they count Belly, Threadless, and TotalAttorneys as clients).

Participation in the Mobile Makers program will set you back about $8,000, but director of community and operations Adam Haun tells me it will be worth it, with a full load of iOS mentors, speakers, studio hours and hackathons offered over the 10 weeks.

Students – about 20 to 25 in each class – meet twice a week for about six hours at a time. The coursework is designed for programmers, even junior developers, who have little or no working knowledge of iOS.

“We are creating an opportunity for every student to leave the class with the skills to build their own iOS applications from scratch,” Passley said.

If that’s the case, Mobile Makers is well-positioned to capitalize on the thriving tech scene that is the River North neighborhood in Chicago.

Anyone interested in getting involved can apply today. The fall application period closes September 3, and classes start October 1.

Not a fan of iOS? Don’t worry. Android classes will likely kick off early next year.

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Andrew Cross is a Tech Cocktail contributor and an account director at Walker Sands Communications in Chicago, where he handles PR strategy and media relations for tech companies. He covers tech startups, particularly those based out of the Midwest. Contact Andrew at andrewrcross AT gmail DOT com or on Twitter @Andrew_R_Cross.

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