Former Starbucks Worker Says Attending Apple's Developer Academy Was 'Opportunity of My Life'

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's first iOS Developer Academy opened in Naples, Italy last October, providing 200 students with practical skills and experience to help turn their app ideas into reality and bring them to market on the App Store.


    One of those students is a young Neapolitan man named Lucio, who left Naples for the United Kingdom to find a technology job, but was enticed to return to the city upon hearing about Apple's Developer Academy.

    The Independent says after Lucio applied for the academy, he left his job at Starbucks so that he could study properly. He felt it was a risky move, but fortunately, he passed the test and joined the first year's class of students.

    Lucio described the academy as the "opportunity of my life" and, nearly eight months later, said he would "totally recommend" the experience to anyone looking to come from elsewhere in the world.
    The Independent explains how Apple's Developer Academy has made Naples a more attractive city for young people to thrive in, after years of suffering from "brain drain" following an industrial decline.
    Apple is accepting applications for the Developer Academy's second year until May 31. Scholarships are available, and each student inducted receives a free MacBook and iPhone to use during the one-year program. Courses are held at the University of Naples Federico II in Naples suburb San Giovanni a Teduccio.

    The academy will accept up to 400 students for the new academic year, twice as many as the first year. The program is open to students from across Italy and around the world, with Apple encouraging developers from the United Kingdom and elsewhere to apply in an effort to have a more diverse group of people.

    Last year, Apple said it expects to expand its Developer Academy program to other countries around the world in the future.

    Article Link: Former Starbucks Worker Says Attending Apple's Developer Academy Was 'Opportunity of My Life'
  2. hasanahmad macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2009
    Of course it was the opportunity of his life, he probably gave his entire life savings to apple for 1 ticket.
  3. Blackstick macrumors 6502a


    Aug 11, 2014
    Sunny South Florida
    I think becoming a developer is a wonderful life skill, no question... but the App Store is hardly the gold mine it was in 2008.
  4. NT1440 macrumors G5


    May 18, 2008
    No doubt, but anyone developing for the goal of "get rich quick" probably shouldn't be in the field anyway.
  5. Kaibelf macrumors 68020


    Apr 29, 2009
    Silicon Valley, CA
    The academy curriculum is free and Apple and the university partnered together to pay for it.
  6. sinsin07, May 17, 2017
    Last edited: May 17, 2017

    sinsin07 macrumors 68040

    Mar 28, 2009
    Next time dig deeper instead of trying to be first with the negativity and wild speculation.
    The info was right in the article with the link "accepting applications".

    "Are there scholarships for Developer Academy?

    The attendance to the Developer Academy is free.
  7. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Oh, did he fly between the UK and Naples on Apple's well-known airline?

    Or are you referring to the free-of-charge attendance for the academy?
  8. Bacillus Suspended


    Jun 25, 2009
    The next opportunity of his life might be to study some elementary AppStore economics.
    And find out that you can't earn a living there, except some happy very (very) few
  9. NT1440 macrumors G5


    May 18, 2008
    I don't understand why people think learning to code (even if it's just swift) means that it's App Store or bust. Plenty of companies out there that have an iOS app, that requires developers.
  10. kemal macrumors 65816


    Dec 21, 2001
    Any way people can get to creating stuff is a good thing.
  11. JeffyTheQuik macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2014
    Charleston, SC and Everett, WA
    A Neapolitan Man?

    mmm.... Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry!

    Good on him for taking the initiative.

    The difference between success and failure is what you do in your spare time.
  12. Substance90 macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2011
    Learning to code is generally a great opportunity but learning to code with the specific intent of developing for macOS/iOS is a really risky if not outright dumb investment of time.
  13. NT1440 macrumors G5


    May 18, 2008
    How so? I'm learning to code for iOS right now. I'm not expecting to get money from it, but I have a few tools that I want to make for my own personal use and I get to add iOS/MacOS development to my resume.

    Coding skills are only worth it if they lead to a job?
  14. kemal macrumors 65816


    Dec 21, 2001
    Someone with a scoop and a bucket of Neapolitan once asked me "Which flavor do you want?" I WANT THEM ALL! I want Upgradable iMac, Mac minis and modular Mac Pros.
  15. recoil80 macrumors 68020

    Jul 16, 2014
    This is true for indie developers. But you can find a job involving app development for iOS and Android.
    I'm a developer myself, and I don't make enough money selling my apps, but I'm full time employed to work on enterprise and B2B apps.
  16. truthertech macrumors 68000

    Jun 24, 2016

    Quit confusing trollers with facts. Not nice!
  17. alfonsog macrumors 6502


    Jul 17, 2002
    Cape Coral, FL
    I have lots of family in Naples and my father was born there. This is a good things for the city which is still mostly in shambles with high crime and low opportunity... next door to where my dad grew up is still blown up from WWII when he was a kid... lots of half finished construction projects and lots of mafia control. As for someone traveling from London honestly the trains go from $120 or flights from $150, remember Europe is tiny...
  18. Rocketman macrumors 603


    Most of the apps I use are free because they access a company network that makes plenty of money from me on fees. Learning to code to work for a third party company eliminates your own financial risk. The number of apps that make money off the app price itself is dwindling in importance, yet still is growing in size pretty rapidly. But if you can come up with a company concept that uses an app as a tool to access its product or service, that, to me, is the upside in this situation.
  19. Zirel Suspended


    Jul 24, 2015
    Then find a job or make an App that people actually want to buy.

    Is that simple. You get paid for the value of your work. The same as you pay for products depending on their value to you.
    --- Post Merged, May 17, 2017 ---
    Learn to program for Android, it's really good, you'll get paid a lot!
  20. NoNothing macrumors 6502

    Aug 9, 2003
    Let me fix this for you....
    Learning to code is generally a great opportunity but learning to code with the specific intent of developing for Windows/Linux/Android is a really risky if not outright dumb investment of time.

    This is a silly comment. There are tons of opportunities AWAY from the AppStore doing enterprise work on almost any platform. The thought learning to develop (regardless of platform) is "really risky if not outright dumb investment of time" is a comment born out of ignorance.
  21. btrach144 macrumors 65816


    Aug 28, 2015
  22. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    A friend of mine is running a similar training academy elsewhere with so far promising reception and results for the students. Granted my friend isn't doing it for free, but it's not expensive by any means. It's all very good. I'm so glad to see more and more of these pop up.
  23. TDPHunter macrumors member


    Jan 7, 2007
    Orlando, FL
    You do. Look into Team Treehouse.
  24. mi7chy, May 17, 2017
    Last edited: May 17, 2017

    mi7chy macrumors 603


    Oct 24, 2014
    There's no money to be made in iOS-only development due to small ~10% marketshare and jailbreakers. He'll need to supplement with cross-platform Android development like most developers have discovered.

    For example, lets compare paid version of the most popular media player on both iOS and Android.

    Android MX Player Pro $5.99
    500,000 to 1,000,000 unique downloads ($2,995,000 to $5,990,000)
    68,919 reviews

    Since Apple hides the # of downloads we have to extrapolate from the # of reviews which is about 1% so approximately $44,950 to $89,900.

    iOS nPlayer Plus $8.99
    Apple hides the # of downloads
    676 reviews
  25. smaffei macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2003
    And, Apple is destined to fill the world with apps developed by people who have no classical training in Computer Science.

    Wait until he has to figure out load balance issues on his server or how to properly semaphore his code to have shared data among different threads. Nothing beats a good Comp Sci background (including the Computer Ethics courses) for these things.

    Sure Apple, "Anyone can code" but "very few know how to write software."

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