6 months ago Me, Michael and Mugunth re-started the iOS Developer meetup group in Singapore and iOS Dev Scout was born. We started this community with a dream that this will help iOS developers in Singapore collaborate with each other, share knowledge & passion and build some kick-ass iOS apps together. So we meet for monthly meet-ups where speakers talk about great iOS technologies and showcase their cool apps. We also occasionally meet for longer coffee break sessions where we hack together on various apps.
Few months ago, Peter Kim (one of our meetup speakers) suggested to have an iOS Hackathon. The organizers liked it, the members were excited about the idea and tech companies and government organizations in Singapore stepped forward to support it. Many thanks to our sponsors iDA, Plug-In@BLK71, BuUuk, ELC, Quantum Inventions, Cloudy Rec, BubbleMotion, Viki for supporting us in organizing the 1st iOS centric Hackathon in Singapore. The local tech media communiy were very supportive as well. E27 and SGEntrepreneurs helped us in promoting the event. So 75 participants registered for the event. Chinmay helped us in live streaming the event so that people who couldn’t join could still catch the glimpse of this event live.
The day started with few tutorials on iOS, Objective-C, User Experience and API Integration. After a great keynote from Sayanee; Michael and Nav talked during the 1st half of the tutorial sessions. Me and Sithu shared more knowledge post lunch. About 16 ideas were being pitched. With plenty of Red Bull and Caffeine close to 35 people participants survived the night fighting with NSZombies. On demo day 13 apps were being demonstrated. Mentors from Founder Institute and local tech community provided feedback to the participants. We organizers applauded their work and rewarded 8 teams with Amazon gift vouchers who showcased great passion in building those awesome apps.
I was personally helping the participants to get started with iOS and Objective-C. It was great fun to see them learning really fast. Around 4 AM I started building a small proof of concept app for a friend of mine. And in couple of hours I was ready with the basic version of an iOS app for Learnemy. Elisha is a good friend of mine and hope she can make a good use of the app to showcase her product.
Out of those 13 apps my favorites are Alan’s Shadow and Thumbatar. We were happy to have newbies and students in the event as well who leaned Objective-C and iOS really fast and showcased some application on the same day. We hope to continue same in future to encourage and inspire iOS developers in building great apps and make Singapore a fun place to live for all the Hackers.
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