Idea Foundry: Training by Collective Idea

Hands-on Training Takes a Holiday

iPhone & iPad Development Holland, Michigan

Get acquainted with the SDK, Objective-C, and the tools to build great iPhone and iPad apps.

Topics we'll cover include

  • The basics of using Objective-C
  • Testing your app on the phone
  • Downloading HTTP data with NSURLConnection and NSURLRequest
  • Integrating with Core Data
  • Spicing up your UI with Core Graphics and Core Animation
  • Getting your app packaged for distribution to beta users and the App Store


Chris Zelenak

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Chris Zelenak is a co-owner of the Indianapolis based Fastest Forward, where he works on iPhone and web-based projects. He’s developed several applications currently on the App Store, including the Indianapolis Star iPhone app and the word based puzzle game TextTumble. He’s also authored several open source libraries for the iPhone, and helped co-author Beginning JEE5 from Apress. You can find Chris on Twitter as @netshade.


CityFlats Hotel

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The iPhone & iPad Development training will be held at the CityFlats Hotel located in Holland, Michigan.

Recently certified LEED Gold, CityFlats is a beautiful and comfortable venue for the week.

CityFlats is offering a great rate of $109/night, discounted from $189, for the training. Contact us for details.

There are several other options nearby

Holland, Michigan

A picturesque city on the shore of Lake Michigan, Holland is a beautiful and welcoming place to learn, play and relax.

You'll truly feel like you're on vacation.

How to get here

  • Air

    We're a short ride from Grand Rapids International Airport (GRR). We provide a free shuttle.

  • Road

    Less than 3 hours driving from Chicago or Detroit. Free parking on-site.

  • Rail

    Amtrak trains leave daily from Chicago and arrive 2 blocks from the hotel.

  • Water

    Ferries run from Milwaukee, WI to nearby Muskegon, MI. If you're bringing a yacht, we can help arrange docking.



Training will run from 9am–4pm each day. From 4–5pm, you can ask one-on-one questions, get feedback on personal projects, or head out on the town. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided.


You'll have chances to explore the nearby beaches, restaurants, shopping, or the next-door microbrewery.

Things to bring and take home

A Mac Laptop. Apple only supports iPhone & iPad development on the Mac.

The first day, we'll give you a book of everything we'll cover in the training. You'll also get access to all the source code we use in examples.

Friends & Family

We warmly welcome you to bring your family or significant other (we've even had roommates and pets). They're welcome to join us at our evening events, and there is lots to do within walking distance during the day. We're glad to give suggestions. So whether you stick with the group or go off on your own, you'll enjoy your stay.


June weather in Michigan is usually beautiful so bring shorts but pack a light jacket. Averages range from 79°F down to 55°F at night.