Nearly 80 percent of Americans own smartphones, making mobile apps part of our everyday lives. From ordering groceries to controlling your thermostat and household lighting, there’s an app to do it.
One local company aims to make mobile app building and development a permanent part of Savannah’s technology economy.
“… We understand that there’s a lot of education that needs to happen because I do think that even if people think mobile would be right for their business they don’t know the first step and how to get started,” said Aleshia Howell, CEO of Codebase, a mobile app development company that launched in February.
The company not only provides businesses with a local source when looking to develop an app but hopes to provide apprenticeship and job opportunities for local developers.
With a background in higher education admissions, Howell said mobile development provides a stable and financially sound industry for those who might face a roadblock when it comes to traditional college degrees.
“A bachelor’s degree is the key to so many worthwhile experiences, but there’s no good reason for that to be the case because very often these days you’re not being screened for the job specific skills that you’re getting in your higher education experience,” she said.
“I would like to see changes in that area and put a dent in bringing apprenticeships back and making a four-year degree not necessary in order enter a profession that lucrative and satisfying.”
Howell founded the company with developer Nathan Hosselton and Howell’s husband, Max Howell, who is also a mobile developer. Max Howell has been working on the mobile platform since before the release of the first iPhone and is well known in the global open source community
“Some developers feel that when they develop software it should be widely available, so they write the software and then make it available online for free for other developers to contribute to it or use it however they want and they don’t make any money from that,” Aleshia Howell said of the open source community.
“It is almost like a business. It’s something that you could be making money off of, but because of reasons of freedom of information developers choose not to profit from those efforts, which I think is pretty cool.”
The company is offering a nine-week iOS training course starting Sept. 18. The course runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every week day and is a full submersion for those that are truly committed. Similar courses cost upwards of $15,000, but the Codebase course is tuition free, but students are expected to invest in a Macbook, which Howell said is vital for developers no matter where you go.
“No experience is necessary. It’s for people who are serious about being mobile developers and are looking for adding a new skill to their arsenal,” she said of the course, adding that they hope to retain the top performers in the course for paid apprenticeships.
The company also hosts “Make it Mobile” meetup every third Wednesday at the Creative Coast’s Bull Street Labs for those who are interested in mobile development, but don’t have time for the training course.
“Because we are looking to bring on people from the cohort we want to simulate a real employment environment …” she said of the intense schedule.
Since arriving in Savannah last fall, Howell said the local community has been very welcoming, and she’s excited about the new opportunities the company is bringing to the local tech scene as the training course approaches.
“I have good feelings about what we’re trying to accomplish, which is creating opportunities, attracting and retaining tech talent in Savannah and making it a center of technology in the south,” she said.
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apply for the iOS training course, go to www.codebasesav.com