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Starter Kit

Welcome to the RIT iOS App Challenge!

You are now confirmed as a participant. We will be revealing more details at the kick-off event and training sessions, but this event challenges you to learn Objective-C if you don't already know it or to hone your skills if you've used it before.

Sign up as a developer

Please sign up as a developer at https://developer.apple.com. You can register for free to get basic access to the documentation. You only need to pay the $99 fee if you want to ultimately publish your app to the App Store. In the next few weeks, we'll send you an invite to join the Apple University Program so you can deploy your app to a real device for the competition.

Starting reading and watching videos now!

You want to hit the ground running with Objective-C on day one so we highly recommend reading up on the documentation before the kick-off event. A good starting point is the "Start Developing iOS Apps Today" document. It provides a brief overview and links to modules with more in-depth information.

This year, we'll also be hosting a beginner's workshop on iOS development, the day before the challenge starts.  Tuesday, January 28th at 6:30pm, meet us in Golisano 1400.  Make sure to bring your MacBook with Xcode 5 installed.  E-mail rit@apple.com for more details.

If you have some more time, there is also a great class at Stanford which you can take through iTunes U called Coding Together: Developing iOS 6 Apps for iPhone and iPad. This class covers iOS 6. For the most up-to-date frameworks, you can also check out the videos from our Worldwide Developers Conference.

Last year, the SSE hosted a 3-part training session and recorded those videos.  Check them out here:

Going through all of the online docs before attending the iOS Workshop on Tuesday night will just make you that much more prepared.

Schedule

As soon as you get back from the holiday break, get ready to start coding during Week 1.  Our kick-off event will be on the evening of Wednesday, January 29th at 8:30pm in Golisano 1400.  You'll then be off coding until Sunday night, February 2nd.  Put the next day on your calendar too -- Monday, February 3rd will be our final awards ceremony and demos in the Ingle Auditorium.  Invite all of your friends and family and professors to cheer you on.  They can reserve a seat by going to http://ritios.eventbrite.com.  No need for you to reserve a seat for yourself too...only your friends and family that want to cheer you on.

At the kick-off event, we will reveal a secret requirement of the app to prevent you from starting to work on it in advance. If you don't already have a team, you'll be able to find other people to join up with at the end. Attendance at the kick-off event is not required to participate, but it is highly recommended that at least one member of your team attend. Ideally everyone will want to go to the kick-off so you can learn the rules and the secret API.

During the week, we'll also be hosting a resume workshop on Thursday and a more detailed Tech Talk on iOS 7 on Friday.

We're excited to have you participating. If, for some reason, you are no longer able to participate, please e-mail challenge@apple.com to cancel your registration to give other students an opportunity.

- The RIT iOS App Challenge Team <challenge@apple.com>