Derry 2.0 - Fancy creating your own iPhone app?

The University of Ulster is launching a unique set of Apple iOS application development courses at its Magee campus commencing with a introduction to development for iPhone.

The twelve-week programme is open to anyone who wants to learn how to design and develop their app idea. The popularity of iOS (the software powering both iPhone and iPad) and the recent landmark of 25 billion app downloads on the Apple App Store has placed app development firmly on the agenda with iOS developers being highly sought after.

Beginning in April, the course will introduce students to the fundamentals of development and deliver a full understanding of the environment, tools, hardware and frameworks to build apps – both informational and entertainment. The courses will also take a look into the future and consider evolving models of development including how to integrate the web. The iPhone app development course will be followed by an iPad development course which will launch in September 2012.

An Introduction to iPhone Development will commence on April 21 and run from 11am – 1pm every Saturday for twelve weeks. For further information contact: Greg O’Hanlon, School of Creative Arts, University of Ulster, Magee, on: 028 71675529 or email:

Event: Growing Your Creative Industries Project

Next Wednesday (28th) the University of Ulster will host an information day devoted to helping practitioners in the digital / creative industries attract funding and supports for their projects - with presentations from Sir Ken Robinson, IBM and numerous NI-based funders. Here’s the agenda

10-1030 – Welcome, teas and coffees

1030-11 – Keynote talk from Sir Ken Robinson

11-1230 – Launch of IBM Global Entrepreneurship Challenge with presentations from IBM, Derry City Council and Univ of Ulster. The IBM Global Entrepreneur Event, organised in conjunction with Derry City Council, University of Ulster, Invest NI Northern Ireland Science Park and Momentum, provides details of a free initiative offered by the IT giant designed to help start up companies to utilise emerging business opportunities in fast-growing industries such as energy, healthcare, communications and government. The initiative aims to work with companies to help gain access to software and technical support in order to deliver new products to market faster.

1230-1300 – Lunch

1300-30 – What supports are available to you – and what to do to stand the best chance of accessing them? This session will include presentations from NI Screen, eSynergy, NISP Connect, InvestNI, Arts Council, NW Marketing and others. This is your opportunity to find out what both public and private funders are looking for in projects.

3-4 – Informal discussions with funders.

You can choose to either attend the entire day or just the afternoon session from 1300. There will also be opportunities to speak 1-on-1 with relevant funders in the afternoon session from 3-4pm. RSVP now for free at culture tech or via the Digital Derry website

Secret Cinema Comes to Derry

Next Friday, the Nerve Centre, supported by Culture Tech, presents a very special project indeed. The Secret Cinema project, billed as “Classic Films and Fresh Beats”, takes a classic silent movie and hands it over to a local electronic artist to create - and perform - a new soundtrack live during a secret screening of the film. The screening kicks off at 8pm and tickets are £5. We’ll publish more information on the Digital Derry website soon (including the venue) but this is one to put in your diary now.

Mark Nagurski is Derry’s Digital Champion, based at the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce. You can contact him by email to digitalderry or by visiting digitalderry