Let us help you to design build launch your app
We are a team of Johannesburg/ Pretoria-based designers, developers, marketeers and project managers. We work very closely with our large team of highly experienced developers based in India. This means you get the best of both worlds: one dedicated and accountable local project manager on your timezone as well as the cost savings, scalability and expertise of a large off-shore team.
Who We Are
The App Developer Studio was set up in 2013 by Robert Maclean after lots of people had asked him to help them build apps like our highly successful Africa: Live app which was awarded the Best Travel App 2013/14 (South African Tourism, Visa International).
The South African Team
Rob, the owner and managing director, is a Masters Graduate from Oxford University with 10 years experience in Financial Services and four years experience as an entrepreneur in website and app development.
James Thomas joined in 2013 and is our Director of Projects. James has a Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurship at the University of Pretoria. James is passionate about business and entrepreneurship and enjoys making the world a smaller and more accessible place through the use of technology.
Marc Landman joined in 2016 and as a Senior Project Manager, specialising in eCommerce Integration.
Valentina Watkins came on board in May 2017, specialising in client and project management.
We additionally use a team of freelancers as and when required. For example graphic designers, testers, marketing and social media experts.
The Indian Team
Our team of developers in India is growing rapidly under the management of Pravin Prasad a highly experienced and passionate lead developer. We have specialists in each of the various platforms we support.
App Developer Studio is a subsidiary of Satpack Travel, a South African registered company established in 2008 (CIPRO number: 2008/260088/23), based in Johannesburg. We are VAT registered and have level 4 BEE status.
App Developer Studio was launched in response to demand by many people and companies for us to build apps for them.
Africa: Live won Best Travel App in Africa as voted for by the travel industry in a competition sponsored by South African Tourism and Visa International.
Kruger: Live game sightings app launched. After over-whelming popularity this was re-branded and expanded as Africa: Live in 2012.
Satpack Travel was established by Rob Maclean as a technology-based travel concierge service to foreigners coming to South Africa. In the days before smartphones we would rent Garmin sat navs to tourists that were pre-loaded with their itineraries, complete with recommended safe and attractive routes. We could also remotely update their routes to respond to their realtime requests, e.g. making a recommendation of a nice restaurant for lunch.