The Mobile Academy Belfast celebrates its second round of graduates

Over the past six weeks, a group of design, sales and IT professionals from Northern Ireland have attended the Mobile Academy Belfast in order to gain a more in-depth knowledge of business, design and technology which will enable them to develop their careers in the mobile ecosystem.

Devised in London, this intensive 30-hour course was localised and curated in 2016 by Mobile Monday Belfast, and hosted at Ulster University. Following the success of the first cohort, the syllabus was expanded to include in-demand subjects such as IoT, Connected Devices and DevOps and delivered this year again in from May through to June.

To ensure a successful delivery of the syllabus, the three course directors – Norbert Sagnard and Colm Hayden of the Mobile Monday Belfast and Dr. George Moore of Ulster University’s School of Computing – leveraged local expertise and experience in enrolling local practitioners at the top of their game including Anaeko, AppAttic, Fathom, GCD, Gravity, Inflyte, PentechVC, Testify and Xcell Partners.

This year’s participants came from a diverse range of backgrounds – software developers, project managers, UX designers, account executives as well as professionals from local companies Ampliphae, Legal Island, TheAppBuilder, TotalMobile and Ulster Rugby.

Reflecting on the take-aways from the course, Emma Foster, UX Lead at Anaeko, said: “The Mobile Academy course gave me a real insight into the link between business, design and technology. As a designer it reinforced the importance of understanding why new features are added and the need to look at the value to the business not just the product itself. I would highly recommend this course to increase all round knowledge of mobile app development.”

Furthermore, Melissa Keizer, UX Designer at TheAppBuilder, enjoyed the group approach to learning: “The practical group work sessions were both fun and very helpful in solidifying the information I’d learned each day, as well as helping me see how it would apply in a real-world scenario.”

Michael Humphreys, CEO of MTS Sulby, who brought his ORAC mobile app project to the course, added: “The Mobile Academy syllabus was packed with useful content and delivered by industry leaders who really understood their specific area.  As a local business owner, this course was exactly what I needed to help me gain an understanding of the processes and issues relevant to developing a mobile app.”

From a consulting background, Kathryn McMath, Enterprise Mobility Consultant at TheAppBuilder, concluded: “The Mobile Academy has given me an excellent overview of all aspects of mobile, from in-depth technical information on the different platforms and design / UX to solid advice on the monetization of mobile and the legal and funding aspects of starting a project.  I would highly recommend this course.”

As this marks the second Mobile Academy in Belfast, Norbert Sagnard explained “we have reached our objective of training 40 professionals since last year, for the benefit of local employers in the thriving mobile ecosystem.  Our aim is to run the academy again because companies in Northern Ireland are confronted with global competition for talent.”

If you are interested in participating in the next Mobile Academy Belfast, or would like more information, please visit the course website.

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