With the worldwide high demand in App development, and the key role technology plays in Saudi Arabia’s vision 2030, an amazing partnership arose between two institutions that believe in providing exceptional opportunities which will inspire a growing pool of females in tech.
In 2021, Apple inc. and Tuwaiq Academy, opened the first Apple Developer Academy in the Middle East and North Africa and the only all-female Academy in the world.
The Academy strives to create a thriving ecosystem with female tech leaders and entrepreneurs, who will harness technology and innovation, ensuring a sustainable, viable, and prosperous future for both local and global communities.
Apps on the App Store were created by Developer Academy graduates
New companies have been founded by Developer Academy graduates
Nationalities are represented among Developer Academy graduates
66 seats per month
The Apple Foundation Program, is a 4 week program, designed for learners curious about what it means to be a developer, and are interested in learning more about coding, design, and app development for the iOS environment using the wide range of latest generation Apple technologies available.REGISTER
200 seats per year
The Apple Developer Academy is a 9 month program. Learners will use the Apple ecosystem to learn Coding, Design Fundamentals, App Business, Artificial Intelligence, Marketing, Process and Professional skills.
60 seats per year
The Visionary program is an intensive 6-month program that aims to support ambitious and innovative Apple Developer Academy graduates with MVP’s by training them on the essentials of business and entrepreneurship, thus enabling them to transform their products into startups.
I hope to one day empower Saudi women.
I believe that development is a great field for women to peruse, they’ve proven to be more analytical and detail oriented. Software development unsealed new opportunities in my career, such skills are not only confined to the technology sector. Communication skills and emotional intelligence are a key facet of your future success in development. One thing I learnt throughout my journey is that clear communication is the key to error free accomplishments. I hope to one day empower Saudi women and reflect the 2030 vision that recognizes the women's leadership in society.
Contribute towards the economic goals of Saudi Vision 2030
I desire to learn and understand more about modern technology and using the learnings to carve out a potential business opportunity through app-based technology in the future. I’m working with my team to develop a tourism-based app to promote and spread awareness about various tourist locations in Saudi Arabia. The inspiration for developing this app came from the intention to display the Saudi Arabia as a great destination for tourists to visit as well as helping the tourism industry to flourish and contribute towards the greater economic goals set as part of Saudi Vision 2030.
English Literature & Business Management
Everyone can be a developer uniquely creatively.
There is nothing better than the feeling of finding a solution to a problem you are facing. Like a sixth sense, finding and analyzing problems is a skill every developer has. In line with the 2030 vision and digital transformation, applying this skill in technology has achieved outstanding results, and the motivation to become developers came. As a developer, you see things in a different light, with a different analytical view. What makes the development field interesting field is that everyone can be a developer uniquely creatively.
Sara Ahmed Almezeini
CBL method of teaching taught me how to effectively think and solve real world challenges.
I am eager to expand my knowledge in order to achieve my dreams and actually participate in the 2030 vision and make the world a better place through innovative technologies ideas and software. I have many creative ideas that I want to implement in our country and around the world. Being a participant in the 1st batch of the academy is such an honor for me.
Information Technology specialized in Cybersecurity
Established a company that won first place in a competition.
I aspire to be a certified developer locally and internationally. The academy provided me with education and training in several fields: design, programming, increasing knowledge about entrepreneurship, presentations and other skills, the most important of which are working and interacting with a team in various disciplines and exchanging experiences. My main goal is to develop my company and help hire Saudi women.
I try to help the community in all its categories.
The Apple Developer Academy is looking for passionate people and dreamers who pursue their goals, as it attracts all disciplines, and does not require a specific specialization or even experience or skills in programming. Whoever has the passion, love of learning and excellence, the Apple Developer Academy is the right place for them.
We have two programs:
The Apple Foundation Program: this short introductory program introduces learners to the basics of app development: research, design, user experience, prototyping, and introduction to coding with Swift. It is a 4-week re-occurring program that takes place at the Apple Developer Academy in PNU, Riyadh. There is a required commitment of 20-hours a week, Sunday through Thursday for the duration of the program. The Apple Foundation Program is open to any interested participants with no prerequisites or requirements.
The Apple Developer Academy program: an intensive program that dives deeper into coding and professional skills. Learners at the Academy will become unique professionals that can excel in coding, design, professional skills, communicate and the ability to problem solve across disciplines. It is a 9-month program that takes place at the Apple Developer Academy in PNU, Riyadh. There is a required commitment of 20-hours a week, Sunday through Thursday for the duration of the program.
CBL (Challenge based learning) is the methodology used in the academy. Our mentors will use the CBL framework (developed by Apple) to guide learners. You will not only learn how to write code, but also achieve a deeper level of understanding by learning how to learn. This will help learners create ready-to-market products that can solve real world problems.
Learners will work on multiple projects, with different groups, learn new things, and explore new paths. As a learner at the Apple Developer Academy you will achieve competencies in coding (Swift, SQL, Server-side programming basics), design thinking (UI, UX), rapid prototyping, business and apps marketing, and many more professional skills.
The next Apple Foundation Program will be held regularly during the year. (Click here to apply for the Apple Foundation Program)
The next Apple Developer Academy program will start in September (9 Months) (Click here to apply for the Apple Developer Academy)
The Academy is open to all females, 18 and above, regardless of coding knowledge or background. However, the ideal candidate should be able to demonstrate a high quality of work, motivation to learn, and thrives in a collaborative learning environment.
No, a full scholarship will be awarded for those who qualify for the program. All needed technology (MacBook and iPhone) is provided to participants and a monthly stipend.
You will learn to become an iOS developer.
Developers are responsible for the full scope of a tech project. If you join the Apple Developer Academy, your responsibilities will include writing code in addition to other tasks like research, design, project management, app marketing and business.
No. While some aspects of the program are similar to bootcamps, the Academy doesn’t solely focus on coding. If you are looking for a coding bootcamp, check out offerings by Tuwaiq Academy.
It is 100% owned by the learner.