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App Camp For Girls is a place where girls can put their creative powers to work, designing and building apps, while learning more about the business of software and being inspired by women mentors in the field. 

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Quiz Compendium App Released!

Jean MacDonald

Today we released our very first App Camp app! The Quiz Compendium includes 15 personality quizzes created by camper project teams. You'll learn so many things about yourself, such as what your superpower is, where you should go on vacation, and even what your breakfast choices say about your personality. 

The app is only 99 cents on the App Store. Please tell all your friends. And feelfree to post your results to your social media outlets with the hashtag #ac4gquiz! 

Update! The app is #1 in Top Paid apps in the Entertainment category and up to #1 Top Paid App in the App Store overall. Thanks so much for supporting the app!

Some of the App Camp staff shared their personality quiz results:

Nat: Mythical Creature = Big Foot

Liz: Element = Earth

Jean: Superpower = Invisibility

Michelle: Spirit Animal = Peacock

Kristina: Penguin Type = Nerdy

Briana: Superpower = Food Powers

T-bone: Superpower = Super Jumping

(We also appreciate it if you can rate and review the app!)

Apple Opens Up WWDC Scholarships to AC4G Volunteers

Jean MacDonald

Apple announced that the 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference will take place June 8 - 12. They also announced a new conference scholarship opportunity for "members of participating STEM organizations" including App Camp For Girls!

We are very excited about this. Traditionally, the Apple WWDC scholarships have been limited to full- and part-time students. This year, AC4G volunteeers who are not students will be eligible to apply.

We are also encouraging our campers to apply as well. It's great to see a company that we admire supporting more diversity among third-party developers.

The details are here: developer.apple.com/wwdc/scholarships/. The deadline is April 26, and the application must include an app, so don't delay!

Why I Am Optimistic About Gender Equality in Tech

Jean MacDonald

App Camp For Girls founder Jean MacDonald wrote this piece for iMore, describing how the gender ratio can change if we actively support girls in fields where they are currently in the minority.

"But most women aren't really interested in programming."

When someone says that, I can relate. That's exactly how I felt about girls playing sports when I was 15. Title IX, the landmark 1972 U.S. civil rights law that mandated equal funding for both genders in educational programs — including athletics — was a hot topic during my high school years.

At the time, the major sports for girls at my school were track, gymnastics, swimming, and tennis. I remember thinking, "How will they spend the same amount of money on girls' sports as they do on boys' sports? Girls don't even want to play basketball or soccer." It didn't even occur to me that the demand might be there if girls were encouraged or supported to the same extent as their male counterparts.

Thanks to Title IX, however, the number of female high school athletes went from 295,000 in 1971 to 3.2 million in 2011. That's an increase of over 1000 percent; male athletes' numbers climbed just 20 percent in the same period.

Apparently, lots of girls do want to play basketball and soccer. And learn to code, too — we just need to support them.

Apply Now For 2015! Two New Locations Announced.

Jean MacDonald

We are excited to announce two new locations for Summer 2015: Vancouver, BC, and Martinsville, NJ, in addition to Portland, OR, and Seattle, WA!

 

The dates for this year's camps are:
Vancouver: July 6 - 10
Seattle: July 13 - 17
New Jersey: July 20 - 24
Portland: July 27-31 & August 17 - 21

The application is available now at /apply.

To be eligible to apply, girls must be:
- local to the camp location 
- entering 8th or 9th grade in Fall 2015

The deadline is March 17, 2015 at midnight PDT. If we receive more applications for a location than spots available, we will randomly select from all applications received by the deadline and start a waitlist. If a location is not filled by the deadline, we'll continue to accept application until it is filled.
Update: The initial deadline is passed. We still have limited spots in the Vancouver, Seattle, New Jersey, and Portland (August) sessions. We will continue accepting campers until those spots are filled.

If you have questions about the application process, email admin@appcamp4girls.com

 

2015 App Camp Leader Orientation

Jean MacDonald

Over the weekend, App Camp For Girls leaders from all four 2015 locations (Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, New Jersey) gathered for two days of orientation and team-building. What an amazing group of geek women! Nat Osten and Liz Marley led the group through an app-building exercise just like we do at camp. Jean MacDonald and Michelle Petruzzi unveiled the brand new App Camp For Girls Volunteer Handbook, and helped both seasoned and new camp organizers through the many details required to launch and run a session of camp.

And did we mention fun? The out-of-town organizers and lead developers were housed right in the middle of Alberta Street in Portland at the cool and quirky Inn Alberta Arts. Meeting space was generously donated next door at Community Supported Everything, an incubator for community transformation.

And, of course, the usual App Camp karaoke at Voicebox East, where we were joined by the local Portland team on Valentines Day!

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l. to r., by row: Liz Marley, Diana Zmuda, Nat Osten; Jean MacDonald, Kristina Sontag, Michelle Petruzzi; Shayla Sawchenko, Briana Sim, Susan (T-bone) Taylor; Momoko Saunders, Laura Savino, Grace Kochanik