Apple opens applications for developer academy

Up to 400 places in Naples-based free course are open to people around the world

Photograph: iStock

Photograph: iStock


Have you ever fancied yourself as an app developer, tapping into the growing app economy? Apple has opened applications for its Developer Academy at the University of Federico II in Naples, Italy, offering a free one-year course that provides students with practical skills in app development.

The 400 places on the course are open to students from around the world, including Ireland, and the necessary hardware such as iPhones and Macs are provided. Students learn coding and software development skills, and get hands-on experience. An “Enterprise Track”offers training on design, implementation, deployment , security, trouble-shooting and data storage for apps.

Applications are now open, and will close on June 21st 2019. As part of the process, students fill out an online application form and if they are successful, will sit a test and attend an interview in London, Munich, Naples or Paris.

The academy has seen almost 1,000 students complete its courses since it opened in 2016. The current intake includes students from 30 countries. including France, Germany, Finland, Netherlands, Spain and the UK.

Among the 50 apps developed at the academy and already available at the App Store is Hear Me Well, an app that turns the iPhone into a hearing aid device.