The 1st iPhone Development Garage in Greece has now been completed with great success. Thanks to everyone who attended, and we hope it proved to be a valuable experience for all.
This is a draft post, and will be updated with more info. For now, some things to consider:
As noted by an attendee, an awesome resource for making your first (and not only) iPhone app is the Stanford CS193P Module notes. To follow the notes you do need a Mac, an iPhone however is not required since you can do most of the work in the simulator provided.
Going beyond testing your app on your phone, and actually publishing it on the App Store worldwide, is a slow and tedious process for the initial account setup. Address, Bank and Tax info/contracts need to be completed, with the original hand signed forms mailed to Apple in the US, and you are quite stuck if your only address is in Greece (at least Greek addresses were not valid back in October 2008 when we started, anyone who has a different experience now please do post in the comments).
We want to help people focus on their ideas and not the bureaucracy that is required.
Therefore we offer you the ability to publish your app under the established GreatApps brand at NO cost (and you get all the profits). Apart from being a big time-saver, this will also help you get the visibility you need to succeed (iSteam now has an established user base with more than 2 million downloads so far). So if you are interested, drop us a line in the contact form on this site or mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info, and we will be happy to help you out.
As a last note, we are also looking to collaborate with great developers. If you want to help us build a team of highly skilled and talented individuals, you can drop us a CV at email@example.com. With the App Store being such a rapidly changing and competitive environment on a global scale, we are looking for people who already have some experience developing for Apple platforms (Objective-C, Mac or iPhone) and want to join us in order to help build disruptive apps – stuff that everyone will be talking about. What we offer in return is pay that beats the average web-development offerings, bonus packages based on the success of the projects you will be involved with, and an inspiring working environment where the current average age is 23 years.
Soon to follow: a mailing list for everyone who wants to be kept up to date with the latest news about future meetings and happenings – the next iPhone Development Garage is alreay in the works!