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September 20th, 2012

Robots and Pencils taking part in the Calgary International Film Festival

Over the last few years Michael took part in the creation of a documentary centred around the rise of industrial music and more specifically, the band Ministry. The documentary features never-before-seen performance footage and interviews from alt-rock legends including NIN, Tool and Janes Addiction. Awesome stuff- and it’s finally coming to life at this years Calgary International Film Fest.

Read more about it here: https://www.calgaryfilm.com/2012/schedule/film/2446/

Thanks to all who came and supported us at the sans-PG-13 movie about counter culture at it’s finest! Much like the genre it depicts the journey was long and angst-filled but it’s finally ready to rock.

September 19th, 2012

Introducing iPhone / iOS Dev School – Winnipeg Edition

Location: Marlborough Hotel
Address: 331 Smith Street Winnipeg, MB
Date: October 28th and 29th
Time: Bright and early! 9:00 AM Start

This intensive two day course is designed for those needing to get up to speed fast on iOS.

We load up the course with real life examples; you’ll learn core iOS fundamentals, as well as how to combine them to build a fully functioning, working application worthy of deployment to the App Store. The course aims to show you each step of the development process and give you the foundation you’ll need to tackle your own projects.

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September 7th, 2012

Introducing iPhone/iPad Dev Camp Winnipeg – October 26th

Come and learn how to build iPhone Apps!

The dev camp starts at 5:30 Pm and is open to people wanting to learn more about iPhone development, marketing, business models and funding.  It features a mix of keynotes and audience events for building both native and web based iPhone Apps.

Who are the speakers?

Jonathan Rasmusson
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Jonathan Rasmusson is the author of  The Agile Samurai.  As a self described teacher who likes to program, Jonathan loves demystifying iPhone application development, and making the complex seem simple. When not coaching his sons’ hockey teams or cycling to work in the throes of a Canadian winter, Jonathan can be found sharing his experiences on iPhone development at his blog, The Agile Warrior.

Jonathan will be giving a demo of how to incorporate great looking art & graphics into your iOS application.”

Paul Thorsteinson

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Paul Thorsteinson likes making great things as CTO at Robots and Pencils. He was the lead on Spy vs Spy which sat at #1 in the App Store for over a week.  He loves iOS development, cuddles Ruby on Rails, and once had a relationship with .NET but they split up.  You can see his work in Spy vs Spy, Catch the Princess, World Explorer for Minecraft, Deco Windshield (yes they run their entire business on their iPad), Anthm, Own This World and too many other apps.  If you ask nicely maybe you can test out his Arduino breath-a-lyzer or his compressed air rocket launcher…

Paul will be talking about Remote debugging tools for native ios apps “PonyDebugger” and Core Data Browser. Come check it out!

Interested in becoming one of the Dev Camp Speakers?

Have awesome topics and ideas?

DON’T hesitate!

Contact Michael Sikorsky (mj@robotsandpencils.com) for further discussion.

June 22nd, 2012

iPhone/iOS Dev School 8, Sept 29th & 30th, 2012

Location: Innovate Calgary (Alastair Ross Technology Centre)
Address: 3553 – 31 Street NW, Calgary, AB
Time: Bright and early! 9:00 AM Start

This intensive two day course is designed for those needing to get up to speed fast on iOS.

We load up the course with real life examples; you’ll learn core iOS fundamentals, as well as how to combine them to build a fully functioning, working application worthy of deployment to the App Store. The course aims to show you each step of the development process and give you the foundation you’ll need to tackle your own projects.

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March 21st, 2012

iPhone/iPad Dev Camp #7 – September 12, 2012

Come and learn how to build iPhone Apps!

The dev camp starts at 3:30 Pm and is open to people wanting to learn more about iPhone development, marketing, business models and funding.  It features a mix of keynotes and audience events for building both native and web based iPhone Apps.

Speakers and topics:

Interested in becoming one of the Dev Camp Speakers?

Have awesome topics and ideas?

DON’T hesitate!

Contact Michael Sikorsky (mj@robotsandpencils.com) for further discussion.

More info here:  http://yyc.iphonedevcamps.org/iphone-ipad-devcamp-7

February 24th, 2012

Startup School 7 – Coming Soon, Sept 22 & 23, 2012

If you want to start a new business, this is definitely the place you want to be!
The event is two days and its mission isn’t to inspire you. Its mission is to significantly increase your chances of creating a successful business. There are plenty of events which bring out plenty of speakers who inspire. I’m interested in giving you as much actionable knowledge and direct feedback as possible.
In addition to the practical knowledge learned during the school. Most of the files, documents, contracts, spreadsheets, term sheets, grant applications and presentations I have created over his last 12 years will be provided to the course participants (under NDA, and with redacting).

February 24th, 2012

iPhone/iPad Dev School #7 – May 5 & 6, 2012 – Awesome!

In this 2 day course you will learn how to:
- Intro to Xcode
- Storyboards
- Objective-C
- Intro to iOS, MVC
- Delegates/Protocols
- UINavigationController
- UITableViewController
- Controls (i.e. Textfields, datepickers, switches)
- NSNotification
- Twitter
- User Defaults
- UIActionSheet/UIAlerts
- iPhone design best practices
- Email
- Distributed services
- JSON
- Deployment
*Students will require their own Mac with Xcode 4.2.


February 24th, 2012

iPhone Dev Camp #6 – March 14, 2012

Come and learn how to build iPhone Apps!

The dev camp starts at 3:30 Pm and is open to people wanting to learn more about iPhone development, marketing, business models and funding.  It features a mix of keynotes and audience events for building both native and web based iPhone Apps.

Speakers and topics:

  • Paul Thorsteinson- Automating xcode builds, certification with hudson and mechanize
  • Brendan Duddridge – iCloud sync with CoreData
  • David Anderson – Intro to Blocks and GCD; Objc and Cocoa code conventions
  • Jeremy Gale – Stretchable/resizable images, animations, iOS 5 Parent/Child view controllers
  • Reuben Lee – Cocos2D Art Asset Utilities
  • Kevin Wolff – Rails
  • Michael Sikorsky – iOS 5, Airplay, iPhone Business Dev

More info here:  http://yyc.iphonedevcamps.org/iphone-dev-camp-6

March 11th, 2010

iPhone Dev Camp #2 – March 13, 2010

Come and learn how to build iPhone Apps!

The dev camp starts at 9am and is open to people wanting to learn more about iPhone development, marketing, business models and funding.  It features a mix of keynotes, audience events and an AppsTrack for building both native and web based iPhone Apps.

*** UPDATE: Thanks to Jon Lam from BigStack Studios and iPhoenix Fund:

Attendees will also receive source-code from the recently launched iPhone Game, Hottie Hookups – the example App being giving away will show how to create an OpenGL based disco-ball effect shown in these screen shots:

November 30th, 2009

This Week in Calgary (Startups, Tech, iPhone, etc)

I’m off to a place that is sunny. Will update when I’m back :)

Best of Web for last week:

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Have an event? Did you just release/update a product? Looking to hire? Looking to raise startup capital? Email me: mj@robotsandpencils.com for inclusion in next week :)

Next Startup School is Feb 27/28 – 2010.

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