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It’s been an exciting month here at immedia HQ as we took some time to update a number of your favourite apps across all platforms, and embraced different cultures with the creation of Lausanne Cathedral for Android. Apps aside, CEO and Lead Strategist Anice Hassim visited to Bloemfontein this week to shed light on post-PC’s impact on design which you’ll read more about in this newsletter, as well as a quick recap on October’s training session as we wind down for the year.
Digital design’s future
The Bloemfontein-based event Just Design It launched this month, with their first annual symposium on Monday, 29 October and Tuesday, 30 October at the University of Bloemfontein. This first for the creative industry in the province was well received, with many designers, students and creative agencies in attendance.
Our CEO and Lead Strategist, Anice Hassim delivered two talks, providing insight into some of our learnings in building an app dev organisation, as well as motivating for the local talent to “step up, start up, and change [their] world”.
By making reference to the similarities between Durban and our host city, Anice explained to the emerging talent in Bloemfontein how they could change their circumstances and opportunities.
“After taking our team to where the post-PC revolution began, we realised that Silicon Valley is not a geography – it’s a state of mind… All you need is a laptop, an internet connection, and someone to teach us, and you can compete globally,” Anice explained.
This post-PC revolution has also had a dramatic impact on design, and the implications on how we need to architect creative teams in order to make great apps. “Post-PC is about competition through collaboration. Your team needs to be diverse, made of people with differing skills and personalities in order to create something great.”
Virtual tourism at your fingertips
Our latest Android app showcases the beauty and history of Lausanne Cathedral, a gothic church in Switzerland which stands 500 ft. above Lake Geneva. Entrenched in rich history, the cathedral began construction in 1175, having been consecrated in 1275 by Pope Gregory X. One of the many interesting characteristics of this church is the fact that it was never completely constructed and remains unfinished to this day.
This app is a virtual tour guide for visitors who would like to experience the landmark from wherever they are in the world. The videos are accompanied by an audio guide which immerses the visitor in the experience.
Discover the best features of the Cathedral through commentaries as you accompany the watchman on his rounds, inspect the Rose medallions from up close, and uncover the technical aspects of the Grand Organ. This multilingual app brings the symbolic meaning and history of the Swiss cathedral to life.
A quick glance at app dev training in 2012
As the year draws to a close, we recap on our app dev training over 2012. We’ve had an interesting run, with delegates ranging from bursary students to aspiring coders to experienced IT professionals. We travelled across the country, conducting sessions in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg, allowing delegates from all over SA including Stellenbosch and Port Elizabeth to begin participating in the app economy.
Our sessions drew a mixed crowd of over 70 delegates in 2012, all motivated to pivot to app dev. Attendees represented an array of organisations across the country, large corporates to indie dev studios, proving the widespread reach and interest which app dev is gaining in South Africa.
Our closed sessions for corporate groups have also worked quite well, where an organisation’s dev team receives instruction on a personalised set of modules, helping them work towards milestones within their project.
Our training partner, Adrian Kosmaczewski from Swiss-based akosma software is instrumental in providing quality training through this initiative, ensuring that our delegates enter the industry with globally-competitive skills.
Much like previous sessions, our trainers and crew were honoured to receive good and constructive feedback. An attendee of our iOS Beginners course in Durban said, “I found the money well spent and the course well prepared. I have conducted my fair share of training in my past career, so I know how much work goes into this. Adrian is an excellent trainer…” with a delegate at our Mobile Web App course in Cape Town reinforcing: “I personally thought the training was excellent and most beneficial for my current project. Adrian made it an enjoyable and informative 3 days.”
Through our training initiative we were able to partner with Gijima during their Code Jam project, and bring app dev instruction to the students at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). Code Jam exposed us to some incredible young talent, skill that we were able to enhance and grow through much-needed bursaries to attend our Beginner app dev sessions. Opportunities such as these student bursaries will help us continue our momentum in creating these new skills in the country.
To register interest for our next training session, book a closed session or simply find out more about what we can offer you, email email@example.com
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You should be reading…
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23 October 2012
Apple announced on Tuesday at its big press event a slew of new products, including its smallest tablet to date: the 7.85-inch iPad mini.
But it wasn’t the only product launched. Perhaps the most surprising news from the event was the arrival of the fourth-generation iPad , which comes just six months after the third-generation tablet debuted. As one could imagine, iPad 3 owners were not thrilled to learn their “new” tablet is already old… more »
Windows 8 Review: Incredibly Innovative, Incredibly Important, Not Quite Incredible – Gizmodo
25 October 2012
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After losing an appeal in a UK high court last week against a judgement that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab tablets do not infringe the design of the iPad because their design is just not cool enough, Apple has now published an acknowledgement of the court’s judgement on its U.K. website – in line with the court order. You can’t call it an apology – quite the opposite: Apple makes it clear it does not agree with the court’s decision by pointing out that it has had court wins against Samsung for the same design patent in Germany, and noting itshuge win against the Korean gadget maker in the U.S this summer… more »
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Heard at the #jdi2012 symposium:
30 October 2012Passion, personality, authenticity, – these are the hallmarks of PostPC and are the same things that make Durban & Bloemfontein stand out@selenish
30 October 2012“The #postPC revolution is about ideas not money, passion not power” – @anicehassim@anicehassim
30 October 2012
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