A few months ago on the first of October, a group of brave students stepped foot into a room with the mindset of learning how to build an iOS application. Just 10 weeks later, they built more than an app. They were able to establish great relationships with each other, learn a number of new tech skills, built a handful of mobile apps and games, and worked together as a cohesive group to pull through a very draining, yet exhilarating program, and can now look at themselves as iOS Engineers.
It was a sad, yet exciting day when our inaugural program officially came to an end. Bittersweet to say the least. We’re very happy for our students, now alumni, who can focus their time on solving mobile problems, and doing bigger and better things, but it’s sad that we won’t have the opportunity to work as close as we did the past three months.
To cheer us all up, we celebrated in a “community fair” fashion, where we invited representatives from an assortment of companies who individually spoke to each student. Each of the students had their own station, consisting of a table and monitor, and showcased their talent by conducting expositions of their applications, games, and mockups of future projects they intend to work on.
Several conversations were held with representatives from some of Chicago’s top tech companies, including Belly, Deck5 Software, Design Cloud, Doejo, Eight Bit Studios, GiveForward, GPShopper, LexTech, Lightbank, Orbitz, Sandbox Industries, Technori, and VOKAL Interactive.
Godspeed, Mobile Makers inaugural class. We’ll miss working with you.