After completing the PGCE in Secondary Music, Andy Weekes has turned his interest in developing apps for mobile phones and tablet computers into a successful full-time career. He came to Birmingham City University to train as a music teacher, and went on to spend six years in the role, while at the same time developing his enthusiasm around the emerging technology of Apps, creating his first program – iPet Attention – not long after the launch of the original iPhone App Store.
The subsequent success of his business, iCandi Apps, has largely been the result of his incredible invention ‘The Night Sky’, which enables users to identify stars, planets and even satellites just by pointing their device at the sky. It proved to be an immediate hit, selling over four million copies to date, and becoming the top-selling paid reference app of 2012 worldwide.
Andrew continues to take an interest in his teaching roots and educational background, recently giving a talk to students at Bournville College in Birmingham about his experiences founding his business and tips on how to succeed within the technological field. iCandi Apps has also devised a ‘School App’ package to enable primary schools, secondary schools and colleges to communicate with parents, students and the world.
Andy was named Alumni of the Year 2014 for Enterprise and Innovation.