Have an idea for an iPhone application, but don’t know how to make it happen or can’t afford to take a course? NJIT will offer free tuition for an online iPhone application development non-credit course. The 10-week online course will begin Oct. 19, 2009. An NJIT instructor will teach it and students who successfully complete it will receive three continuing education units from NJIT.
The 30-hour, online training course teaches computer-savvy students how to design and implement iPhone and iPod Touch software using the Apple software development kit. They will learn how to create and deploy iPhone and iTouch applications on the software simulator and hardware devices. Participants will be encouraged to practice submitting their applications to the Apple AppStore because the apps can potentially be offered by Apple as paid, downloadable commercial software packages.
To receive an application, text to iPhone, the numbers, 35350: Use this method through the closing registration date, Oct.16, 2009. For further information, call 800-624-9850. Applicants must have broadband access to the Internet and a Macintosh computer capable of running SDK-OSX Leopard 10.5.7 or higher and an iPhone or iPod Touch. Fifteen applicants will be selected and preference given to those unemployed and underemployed in the northern New Jersey region. Applicants not eligible for free tuition still may register for this or future classes and pay tuition by visiting http://online.njit.edu. The next class begins Nov. 30, 2009.
‘We encourage NJIT students to apply,” said Gale Spak, associate vice president, NJIT’s Division of Continuing and Professional Education, who oversees the program. Successfully-trained students will have the opportunity to take on teaching roles in the upcoming classes.
“We’re keeping pace with trends in entrepreneurship and small business development,” said Spak. “We’re aware that many self-starters are striking it rich when iPhone users purchase apps because Apple permits developers to keep 70 percent of the revenue. We also know that industry sectors seek iPhone application developers,” Spak added.
Today companies are paying developers of one simple iPhone application $40,000 or more, she said. That’s why this development has been called the next gold rush. Companies such as Pizza Hut, Stanley Tools, Master Card and Zippo Lighter are moving forward with iPhone application development with the hope of creating young loyalists to their brands.
Support for this program is provided for by North Jersey Partners and the US Department of Labor’s Education and Training Administration through the WIRED grant.