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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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I took this initiative a month ago to help students, developers or start-up founders to get started with iOS Development. I closed the registration in a day with 35 interested participants. Many people, asked me why I haven’t kept any registration fee for these sessions. The idea is very simple – I have learnt so much from open source community – Unix, Php, JavaScript, Ruby on Rails, and iOS. Although iOS is not exactly open source but I still like the idea of Apple of bringing an app development SDK and making it open for other developers to put their apps on iOS Devices. The idea itself showed ways to a lot of people. And as I have learnt so much from this community, I want to give something back to the community. It’s more of a passion for me than a business. In one way, you can say I am helping my friends than helping someone I don’t know. And I wouldn’t ask money to a friend for my help. 🙂

Yesterday was the first session, and it was almost a full house At HackerSpaceSG. Thanks to Jason Ong for helping me to organize the event at HackerSpace. Together with all the awesome participants we explored and revealed XCode basics and Objetive-C syntax through a little program called “SaveThePrincess”. At the end of the session, I got some honest feedbacks. Where most of them said it was helpful, some couldn’t follow. Mostly people who couldn’t follow are from non-programming background. So I thought what I could do better that will help those set of people. My approach of this tutorial was to start with something basic and build components on top of it, which although assumes participants have basic programming knowledge.

Then Jason and few others suggested, we could reverse the approach. For example: show everyone, what’s the end product and then build individual components that’s required for the actual product. I am still looking for an interesting way to do it. But for sure – I decided I will show an application in next class before starting the tutorial. That might be fun for all the folks who wants to save our little princess. If you have any suggestions feel free to drop few lines here.

The materials of my first class can be downloaded from BoxDotNet. Our friend Calvin has explained more about the session on his blog.