Students chosen to take part in first-ever ‘App Camp’

26 Jul 2011

A group of eight entrepreneurial students are being offered a valuable career development opportunity as they embark on an app development programme called ‘App Camp’.

Selected by Northern Ireland-based IT company Kainos, the eight students are taking part in a two-month long intensive programme where they will learn everything required to design and develop apps for Apple’s iPhone and iPad.

They will be trained in all aspects of app development – from identifying gaps in the market, to hardware and software development, to graphic design and marketing. The end result will be the creation of new apps which are fit for iPhone and iPad users worldwide.

Happy App Campers

Bradley Armstrong, who is studying for his foundation degree in software engineering at Belfast Metropolitan College, is one of the eight App Campers and believes it will help set him apart when it comes to looking for a job after graduation,

From Kainos’ perspective, Tom Gray, chief technology officer, says the programme is designed specifically to “hothouse the brightest and best new, raw talent”.

“This is a fantastic way to engage with bright, young undergraduates by finding out first-hand what they have to offer, and helping them hone and shape their skills for commercial success,” he said.

By the end of the camp, the goal is for the students to launch their app on the official Apple App Store. Each student will also be presented with an Apple Macbook and iPod touch to enable them to carry on their development work while at university.

Photo: Tom Gray of Kainos (right) is joined by students on Ireland’s first-ever App Camp