AIB Staff App Course 2017

A couple of weeks ago we hosted the final demo day for the 2017 Staff App Development course in our HQ in AIB Bankcentre, Dublin. As detailed here we have ran an app development course in D.I.T. Aungier St for two years for business and marketing students, this year we ran it internally for business staff throughout AIB.

It was an amazing journey for both ourselves and the “students”. Each Monday after work for 2 hours we gave a lecture on-site, teaching them iOS and Android native app development, along with design and content principles.

Nearly all the staff had zero experience coding or working on apps and watching them learn to build and create their own apps was incredibly satisfying! Seeing the look on someone’s face when they see their own app, on an actual phone for the first time is wonderful.

In total, 18 apps were demo’d, with a huge range of ideas on show, with everything from hiking apps to farming apps, to personal finance apps.

Claire, Ger and Susan — winners of the 2017 AIB Staff App Development Course

The winner was Ger Fallon, who’s “Scoop” app is built to combat fake news. The judges — Tomás O’Midheach (AIB COO), Tríona Ferriter (AIB Head of HR), Fergal Coburn (AIB Head of Digital Products & Payments), Ronan Doherty (AIB Head of Digital Architecture), Paul Sweeney (AIB Head of Research & Innovation) and Kate Uí Gallachóir, D.I.T. Head of School of Marketing — were impressed with the topical idea and the excellent delivery of a beautiful, working app.

In joint second place were Claire Birmingham, whose “OCD Dump” app, for people with OCD was unique and had some great features, and Susan Cooney, whose “Are we there yet?” app was built to entertain kids in the back of the car, a problem a lot of us can identify with!

It’s a cliché, but picking the winners was very tough, the standard was great and tremendous testament to the hard work put in by the staff throughout the course.

We thought it worthwhile to run the course as it gave the staff a chance to express their creativity and innovation in a domain where they had little experience. So many people have great ideas for apps or businesses, but are unsure on how to get them off the ground. The course was intended to help with that — providing a starter that hopefully will see them continue to learn and grow in a new area.

If you’ve any thoughts or comments, please let us know below. Andy