Apple Computer Australia and the Apple University Consortium (AUC) have teamed up to encourage development using Apple technology in education. The organizations have set up the Apple University Development Fund (AUDF), which will offer about AU$125,000 this year to help foster new Mac software development among staff or students of affiliated universities.
The committee responsible for distributing the AUDF grants is “keen to support development efforts” related to the use of Bluetooth, AirPort, Rendezvous, group collaboration, the new Power Mac G5, Xcode — Panther’s new development environment, MPEG-4 and 3G cell phones.
AUDF Grants are broken into two types: Seeding grants, aimed at programmers new to the Mac, and development grants, aimed at developers who want to create proof-of-concept projects. The seeding grants award recipients a loan Mac, CodeWarrior Professional, membership in Apple’s Worldwide Developer Program and support from local developers. The development grants can fund up to $10,000 for equipment, software and other resources.
Monday, August 11, 2003 marks the opening of application acceptance for AUDF grants; the process continues until October 3, 2003. Applicates must be staff or students of an Australian AUC member university. More details and grant application forms are available from
the Web site.