iOS SDK Workshops

Please note that this page is archived from 2012. We do not currently have any iOS SDK workshops planned.

We are pleased to announce 75 partially funded places to our iOS SDK workshop to be held in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide during May.

The cost of the workshop is $150 for students and $300 for staff.

About the iOS SDK

The iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch were introduced to world with a revolutionary feature set that changed the way people communicate and interact.

The power of these devices comes from the comprehensive iOS Software Development Kit (SDK) which provides developers with the ability to write applications leveraging a number of Apple technologies. Using the SDK, writing applications for these devices becomes a snap!

Over the last three years thousands of applications – whether they be games or productivity applications – have been developed for the iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad using the SDK.

Whether you are a novice or an experienced developer, anyone can write an iOS application by using the tools and frameworks that are freely available.

In this workshop you will learn the tools of the trade and the most important parts of the iOS SDK to get you on your way to writing cool applications for these revolutionary devices.

Who should apply?

The workshop is aimed specifically at students who study computing science, computer engineering, information technology, mathematics, creative arts/design or related disciplines and/or have an interest in developing applications for portable devices such as the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

Staff from member Universities are also welcome to apply.

It is expected that those who attend will have some basic experience programming in languages such as C++, C, Java and have an understanding of object oriented programming concepts.

Laptops with the required software will be supplied for each attendee. You are welcome to bring your own laptop as long as it is running Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) with the latest versions of the iOS SDK and Xcode installed.

What the workshop covers

The workshop will give attendees a comprehensive view of the key features of the current iOS SDK so they can start developing apps for the latest iOS devices. A summary of topics is as follows:

  • Introduction to Cocoa
    • Tools (Xcode)
    • Language (Obj C)
    • Foundation
    • Target/ Actions
    • IB Outlets
    • Memory Management
  • iOS App Building Blocks
    • UIkit Frameworks
    • Views and MVC
    • Event Handling
    • Delegation
    • View, Navigation, Tab  and Table View Controllers
    • Custom Drawing and Animation
  • Advanced iOS Programming
    • Data persistency
    • Other Frameworks e.g. MapKit, CoreLocation etc.
    • Optimisation
    • Web Services
    • Deployment

Dates & Venue

The iOS SDK Workshop will be at the following venues on these dates:

Each day commences at 9:00am and will conclude at roughly 5:00pm

Those applying should apply to their nearest workshop as follows:

  • Sydney – attendees from NSW, ACT & QLD
  • Melbourne – attendees from VIC, TAS & NZ
  • Adelaide – attendees from SA, WA & NT

Scholarship inclusions

The scholarship includes a subsidy for return economy airfares to your nearest venue and an accommodation subsidy for those who require it. The accommodation and airfare subsidy are outlined below.

Please note that all meals (including lunch each day), transfers (including taxis, buses, trains, etc) as well as all hotel incidentals are at your own cost.

We can NOT assist with organising flights or accommodation.

Accommodation subsidy

Recipients of the scholarship who require accommodation are entitled to up to $150 per per person per night for up to three nights (max AUD$450). Those attending from NZ are entitled to one extra nights accommodation (max AUD$600).

Those who live within the metropolitan area of the workshop are not entitled to an accommodation subsidy. (e.g. those who live in Melbourne are not entitled to any accommodation subsidy when attending the Melbourne workshop).

Airfare subsidy

Scholarship winners are entitled to a return economy airfare subsidy up to a maximum amount of AUD$400 to their nearest training venue. Those attending from NZ are entitled to an extra AUD$150 subsidy towards their airfare (max AUD$550).


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Application process

To apply for a scholarship apply online by the 16th of April 2012. You will be required to place a deposit of $150 for students and $300 for staff to ensure your application is considered.

The selection panel will review all applications using the following criteria:

  • the candidate’s experiences in programming.
  • the candidate’s level of interest in developing for the platform
  • the candidate’s ability to clearly articulate how such a program will help in achieving specific goals.

Applicants will be notified by the 20th of April 2012 as to the success of their application.  If your application is successful, you can book your flights and accommodation.

Should you not be successful in obtaining a place your deposit will be fully refunded. We appreciate circumstances change and as a consequence refunds will be permitted in accordance with the refund statement below.

To register as a student your should be enrolled in at least a 50% full time student load. Staff employed full-time or part-time by their University must register as staff.

Register for your nearest workshop:
Applications closed on Monday 16th April.


Refund statement

We understand that situations change and as a consequence there may be a need to refund the workshop deposit. Refunds of the deposit will be granted in accordance to the following:

  1. If a candidate is not selected to participate in the program their deposit will be reimbursed fully within 7 days of being notified.
  2. Up until 21 days before the event successful candidates have the right to cancel their registration and attendance to this program and receive a full reimbursement of the deposit within 7 days of the AUC being notified.
  3. Any cancellations received less than 21 days before the event will NOT receive a refund of the deposit. The AUC however reserves the right to refund the deposit on the basis of documented medical or compassionate grounds on a case by case basis.


Claims for the travel and accommodation subsidies must be sent within 3 months of the workshop to the AUC.

Claims will not be accepted until after the workshop to confirm attendance. Under exceptional circumstances the AUC may provide reimbursements prior to the workshop commencing. You should contact the AUC Programs Manager if you require such an arrangement.

In order to make a claim you must attend each day of the workshop. Again we appreciate there may be exceptional circumstances and as such will consider exceptions on a case by case basis. You should contact the AUC Programs Manager if your circumstance during the event does not allow you to participate in the entire program.

Please download the claim form, complete and attach copies of original tax invoices and receipts. You will receive an email confirming receipt of your claim and payment will be made within the following 2-3 weeks.

Download the claim form (PDF)