Five apps were submitted to the App Store last Thursday. Within one week, all five were approved and ready for download.

That’s a remarkable achievement, and not just a credit to Apple for their efficient system. It says something about the quality of the code and the students' preparation that all five apps were posted without requests for revision from Apple.

Meet My Dog! is a social app for catching up with your favorite dog-walking friends.

Meet My Dog! is a social app for catching up with your favorite dog-walking friends.

The apps were the final team projects from Makers of our March to May 2014 iOS Bootcamp, on-site in Chicago. (Makers in the pilot online program had the option to develop apps as well, or to continue doing code challenges. Two of the online students built apps that are close to submission and look really promising; we'll write about those once they've been submitted.)

Another sign of the quality of our coders: the strong interest we’re seeing from hiring companies. Read more about Leading the Hiring Revolution for Mobile App Developers in this guest blog post. 

On May 1, hiring managers and others from the tech community came to our Meet the Makers open house (photos) where they received hands-on demonstrations of the apps our students built during the last three weeks.

Here’s a look at the five apps that were accepted by the App Store this week, with links to download each app for free.

Foody’s, a friend-to-friend app for sharing and saving personal restaurant recommendations. Team: Christopher Gu and Matt Brax

Tourists and Chicago noobs can ask Trip'in Chicago's concierge to recommend a walking tour to get to know local attractions.

Tourists and Chicago noobs can ask Trip'in Chicago's concierge to recommend a walking tour to get to know local attractions.

Little Tree, an adventure-story game where users can make choices as they read through a short story, affecting the outcome and represented by the growth of a little tree. Writers can submit stories to be read on the app, too. Team: Claire Jencks and Calvin Hildreth

Meet My Dog! lets dog owners locate and plan meetups with other dog owners, and to find nearby dog-friendly services such as vets. Team: Abel Escobar and Marlon Simeus

Symeetry, which uses iBeacon technology to meet others in your immediate vicinity and create opportunities for collaboration. Team: Steve Toosevich, Dennis Walsh and Charles Northup

Trip’in Chicago, which identifies your location in Chicago, recommends local food and attractions, then suggests a walking itinerary based on your preferences. Team: Jaime Hernandez, Jay (Jian Yao) Ang and Marion Ano  

Update:  See this app featured on Fox TV Chicago!

Mobile Makers Academy proudly congratulates these iOS Developers. Through their hard work, they have made a giant leap forward in achieving their career goals.

See photos from the May 1 Meet the Makers and register today for the July 3 open house.

 

READ ABOUT THE LATEST HIRING TREND:

Leading the Hiring Revolution for Mobile App Developers

FOLLOW A CLASS THROUGH THE IOS BOOTCAMP IN THIS BLOG SERIES:

Part 1: Meet the January 2014 iOS Bootcamp Cohort

LEARN MORE ABOUT MOBILE MAKERS:

On-site iOS Bootcamp in Chicago and Online iOS Bootcamp