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Apple headhunts UCLan student

20 July 2015

Lyndsey Boardman

Felix’s software engineering skills spotted by global technological powerhouse  

 

A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) student has been snapped up by global technology giant Apple after his final year software engineering project caught the eye of company bosses.

Austrian software developer Felix Krause created a programme called fastlane for his final year UCLan project. It speeds up the submission procedure that developers need to go through to submit an app to the App Store by combining them together in an automated process.

Within days of releasing fastlane more than 5,000 developers had used the programme, saving at least 200 hours of time per day. The tool’s popularity was spotted by Apple who emailed Felix to say it was interested in his work and invited him to take up a three month internship at its headquarters in Silicon Valley near San Francisco.

"I have always wanted to work for Apple but never thought I would be good enough so for its developers to approach me is amazing.”

The 21-year-old who is from a small village near Vienna commented: “It was a massive surprise to find that Apple had contacted me directly to say the company is interested in exploring my work further. I have always wanted to work for Apple but never thought I would be good enough so for its developers to approach me is amazing.”

Felix has now graduated from UCLan with a first class degree in software engineering after coming to the University for the final year of his studies from HTL Wiener Neustadt, a partner college in Austria. He will move to the United States next month to begin his internship and is happy to see where that leads him.

 

"It’s an outstanding software engineering project; a creative and beautifully designed solution to a significant problem."

His tutor, principal lecturer in computing Chris Casey, said: “To land an internship with one of the world’s top companies straight out of university is a massive achievement and something that Felix should be very proud of.

“Felix came up with an original idea for a project and implemented it very professionally. It’s an outstanding software engineering project; a creative and beautifully designed solution to a significant problem. The interest from external software developers has been unique and I hope he has the opportunity to develop the software further.”

Felix was one of 4,000 students who graduated in front of family and friends at Preston’s Guild Hall last week.