Software Alliance Wales Supports Top 10 iOS Conference

Software Alliance Wales has announced that it will be supporting iOSDevUK – the international conference rated by blogger, Ray Wenderlich, as one of the ‘Top 10 iOS Conferences in 2013.’

For the third year, the conference is held in the Welsh seaside university town – Aberystwyth and over 200 software developers from around the world, including Argentina and Malaysia, have pre-registered to attend this sell-out event which is being held between 3 – 5 September on the university campus.

Professor Chris Price, from the Department of Computer Science at Aberystwyth University and one of the main organisers of iOSDevUK said: “The iOSDevUK team are looking forward to welcoming back the novice and expert software developers who are keen to share their knowledge and skills with a community of like-minded people.”

“There are so many interesting and inventive people building Apps for iPhone, so it’s great that we can get so many of them together in Aberystwyth for the conference”

Keynote speakers include Dave Addey, managing director of Agant  - who will be sharing his experience of having developed the popular UK Train Times App for iPhone users – and Matt Galloway, founder of Swipe Stack – a software development company that has developed a number of iPhone Apps that have featured in Apple’s highly competitive and profitable ‘Best Apps’ category.

In addition, delegates will be invited to attend a series of technical and business workshops hosted by Software Alliance Wales - a Swansea University led multi-million pound project supported by the European Social Find through the Welsh Government.

Chris Loftus, Teaching Fellow at Aberystwyth University and Course Developer for Software Alliance Wales, explained: “The shared aim of iOSDevUK and Software Alliance Wales is to help software developers share their experiences and learn new skills.

“Through working together we can identify the future training needs of this community and, ultimately, help Wales and the rest of the UK to address the recognised and growing ICT skills gap.”

For many attending the conference, the highlight will be the Arduino-iPhone Hack – an opportunity for iOS developers to get together to build intelligent devices, based on the latest technologies, that have the potential to deliver practical solutions to real-life problems.

Each development will be demonstrated at the end of the conference and, following a peer review, the winners of the ‘Best Idea’ and ‘Best Implementation’ will be awarded a small prize in recognition of their achievement.        

Professor Chris Price concluded: “iOSDevUK is a great opportunity to meet up with friends and colleagues, hear some interesting and thought provoking talks, learn new skills and, not least, to take part in the exciting Arduino-iPhone Hack that will end the conference this year.” 

  • iOSDevUK is a three day indie-oriented iOS developer conference held at Aberystwyth University between Tuesday 3 and Thursday 5 September. The conference attracts iOS developers from around the world and offers two distinguished tracks – one for the technologically advanced and the other for the budding iOS developers where there will be detail on the ‘need to know’ iOS developments in industry - business, design and graphics. Visit www.iosdevuk.com

  • Software Alliance Wales, led by Swansea University, is a partnership between the universities of Aberystwyth, Bangor, South Wales and Trinity Saint David. The multi-million pound project is funded by the EU through the Welsh Government and aims to develop the ICT and software development sector in Wales, through CPD training, company certification and student development projects – plus ICT workshops for the wider business community.  It creates a platform for developers across the region to network and share best practice, and to promote Wales as a key driving force in Software Development. Visit www.softwarealliancewales.com

  • Aberystwyth University - Established in 1872, Aberystwyth (www.aber.ac.uk) is a leading teaching and research university and was awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2009. Aberystwyth University is, according to The Times Good University Guide 2013 among the top 10 UK universities for student satisfaction. We are a community of 12,000 students and 2,300 staff. Aberystwyth University is about creating opportunities, research with excellence that makes an impact, teaching that inspires, engaging the world, working in partnership and investing in our future.  Registered charity No 1145141. Find out more at http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/
  • Ray Wenderlich - Ray is an indie software developer currently focusing on iPhone and iPad development, and the administrator of this site. He’s the founder of a small iPhone development studio called Razeware, and is passionate both about making apps and teaching others the techniques to make them. When Ray’s not programming, he’s probably playing video games, role playing games, or board games. Visit www.raywenderlich.com for further information or to view the blog ‘Top 10 iOS Conferences in 2013’ visit, http://www.raywenderlich.com/29341/top-10-ios-conferences-in-2013

For further information or to arrange a media interview, please contact Arthur Dafis, Communications and Public Affairs, Aberystwyth University on 01970 621763 / 07841 979 452 or aid@aber.ac.uk