Go to There: iOS Weekend Bootcamp

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When it comes to weekend binges, most folks tend to think of either drinking or cramming for a final. Well, add to that list is receiving “a practice introduction to the iOS platform [and] hands-on coding exercises and discussion." Come March 9 and March 10, that’s exactly what you can do at UChicago Tech’s Bootcamp on learning the fundamentals of application development. It costs a gorgeous penny ($800 if you register before Feb. 15, $950 after), but unlike similar workshops at places like Dabble or Skillshare, you’ll be learning not just from an expert but from a scientist, someone who really knows his stuff.

Andrew Binkowksi, a fellow at the Computation Institute of the University of Chicago and a scientist at Argonne National Laboratory who has been developing applications for the Mac platform for over 15 years and for iOS since it was introduced, will be your instructor. So, yeah, it’s not just some wunderkind who made an Angry Birds ripoff app. This is someone super-qualified and not a bad contact to make, either.

Even better, it’s not really all that much of a commute. The whole thing takes place at the Illinois Technology Association/TechNexus at 200 S. Wacker Dr.

So, check it out. Maybe your boss will spring for covering the cost? Hey, you can always make the case that it will help your company much, much more than if you just drank beers all weekend. Right? 

David Wolinsky is a freelance writer and a lifelong Chicagoan. In addition to currently serving as an interviewer-writer for Adult Swim, he's also a comedy-writing instructor for Second City. He was the Chicago city editor for The Onion A.V. Club where he provided in-depth daily coverage of this city's bustling arts/entertainment scene for half a decade. When not playing video games for work he's thinking of dashing out to Chicago Diner, Pizano's, or Yummy Yummy. His first career aspirations were to be a game-show host.

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