Ireland’s first commercial iPhone application development course has just been launched.
App School is a five-day course being run by SQT Training in association with communications consultant Damien Mulley and young software developer Patrick Collison.
Patrick sold his start-up Auctomatic for $5 million last year, and talked about the experience in his Discover Science & Engineering’s guest lecture at the 2008 Science Week.
His talk was titled “How Two Teenagers Built and Sold a Company For Millions”.
What Patrick is perhaps less well known for is his Encyclopedia app, which brings Wikipedia to iPhones – even when no Internet connectivity is available.
Encyclopedia has sold thousands of copies and has been featured in the New York Times.
One first-year DCU student, Stephen Troughton-Smith, was featured on the RTÉ news earlier this year after earning thousands of euro in sales of his iPhone applications on Apple’s online store.
“The iPhone platform is so exciting because it makes it really easy for a small amount of work to turn into a continuous revenue stream,” Patrick explains.
“Once you publish the app, Apple will handle distribution, upgrades, installation, global payments – you can just wait for money to appear in your bank account,” he says.
The first App School takes place on 20-24 July 20 at the Castleknock Hotel in Dublin and costs €1,500. The courses are designed for anyone with a good understanding of object-oriented languages such as C++, Java or C#.
Find out more about his iPhone Encyclopedia app
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