Free summer course in San Francisco to take you from a newbie to an entry level iOS (iPhone) developer.

By Kush Patel (TA, App Academy)

This week we launched App Academy, a free 9-week full-time software engineering course in San Francisco. The launch made the front page of Hacker News. We got hundreds of amazing applicants applying on the first day, but we want more!

The course is an intensive program in Ruby, Objective-C and iOS development designed to prepare students for careers as professional developers. Our program is very hands-on. Students will pair-program as they work on projects and build apps. At the end, they’ll graduate with GitHub repos and projects containing thousands of lines of code showing what they’re capable of.

We also have some leading professionals coming in to give tech talks in the evenings. And after the program, we have many companies who want to come in to talk to our students about jobs and placement.

At the end of the program, we will try to help you find a position as an entry-level iOS developer. Of course we can’t guarantee a job, but a handful of companies have already signed up to recruit from our classes.

The demand for iOS engineers in Silicon Valley is significant, and the average base salary stands at about $120k. We expect entry-level salaries to be in the range of $80-90k.

I’m biased, but I think this is a great opportunity. We’re seeking out the very best students for the program. For anyone who refers a student who is a good fit for the program, we are offering a $1,000 referral program.

Also, please contact us if your company is interested in recruiting!

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About the guest blogger: Kush Patel is a Teacher’s Assistant at App Academy. He enjoys programming, reading and playing with cats. He wanted to start a company of his own, and decided to move to San Francisco. Devbootcamp’s inaugural batch happened to be starting the same time he made his move to SF, and it was a great way to jump into Ruby. More recently, Kush has been making iOS apps. He has taught programming through a variety of organizations, including RailsBridge, CoderDojo and SF Ruby.