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App Camp for Girls is a one-week summer day program where girls, transgender & gender non-conforming youth can put their creative powers to work designing and building apps. They also learn about the business of software while being inspired by role models in the industry.


Update on 2019 Camps

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After significant consideration by the App Camp for Girls Board of Directors and in consultation with the organization’s co-founders and co-Executive Directors, it is with great sadness that we are announcing that camps will not be held this summer.

Although the organization was able to secure the funding needed for camps this summer, we have not been successful in attracting the minimum number of camp registrants to successfully run the camps. As our six years of history has shown us, we are unlikely to find the numbers we need this late in the season.

In addition, it has become apparent that the high-touch, high-craft model of App Camp is difficult to scale and the high cost per camper is not financially sustainable, particularly in light of increasing numbers of organizations serving similar missions. Rather than move forward with the likely outcome of disappointing campers, their families, our volunteers and our donors, we felt it would be more productive to take the time to research other ways to use our resources to support our mission.

We are so grateful for the amazing support and enthusiasm we have seen year in and year out from the community, donors, and our volunteers. App Camp’s success is the direct result of the generosity of our donors and the dedication, countless hours and hard work put in by our volunteer community. You have made a huge difference in the lives of many youth:

  • Over 250 App Camp participants

  • Held camps in seven cities in the US and Canada

  • 68 apps created

Thank you all for helping App Camp to deliver on its mission over the past six years and, in doing so, help to create a market that has attracted more programs to serve an underrepresented population seeking careers in the tech industry. As valued supporters of App Camp and members of the App Camp community, we will keep you informed of decisions on next steps as they are made.

To read more about our decision, please see our FAQ.

– Board of Directors, App Camp for Girls

2019 Registration is Open!

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This summer will mark the seventh year of our week-long, daytime, summer program where girls, transgender, and gender non-conforming youth put their creative powers to work designing and building apps.

Camps will take place in July and August in Portland, Seattle, and the Twin Cities area. Space is very limited and we take students on a first come, first served basis, so we recommend that you register right away. Camp dates are:

  • Portland, OR: July 8-12, 2019

  • Seattle, WA: July 15-19, 2019

  • Minneapolis, MN: August 12-16, 2019

Participants will be introduced to the process of iOS app development, from brainstorming and designing ideas to building and pitching their apps. They'll use Mac computers and Apple's developer tools to build their apps and run them on iPod touch devices. More than that, they’ll discover their own creativity and emerge stronger, more self-assured, and more independent because of it. It's an amazing and unique experience that’ll propel them forward in life.

Past participants have loved their App Camp experience, and it’s evident in their feedback:

  • “It is fun being able to create an app and the counselors are AMAZING.”

  • “[App Camp] helped me with my confidence and how to type faster.”

  • “It was fun and a very accepting inclusive community.”

  • “[It] was really fun as a beginner to learn how to code.”

Camp tuition is $500 for the week, but scholarships are available for families who need financial assistance.

We're looking forward to seeing all of the new faces at camp this year!

Board of Directors Welcomes Michelle Panulla and Aleen Simms as AC4G Co-Executive Directors

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The App Camp for Girls Board of Directors is happy to announce Michelle Panulla and Aleen Simms will serve in the roles of Co-Executive Directors. In addition to their work as organizers of previous camps, the Board was impressed by their passion and motivation.

With the changes to App Camp over the years, the leadership of two people with awareness of App Camp’s strengths and opportunities for growth comes at a key time for the organization as we continue with our mission of inspiring and empowering girls, transgender, and gender nonconforming youth to pursue careers in technology.

The Board of Directors looks forward to their combined leadership and in supporting Michelle and Aleen as they begin to shape the organization in the coming months.


Michelle Panulla has worked for close to 20 years in Information Technology, focusing the last nine on WordPress development. Michelle served as a Project Team Manager for App Camp for Girls for three years before becoming Portland’s Co-Organizer in 2017. She holds a degree in Music Education, enjoys singing in a rock band, volunteering with youth and animals, and indulging in too much coffee on a regular basis.

Aleen Simms solidified her passion for inclusivity and diversity in tech when she created a podcast with the mission of pursuing equality in geekdom in 2014. The show led to her involvement with App Camp after interviewing co-founder Jean MacDonald. Aleen became an avid volunteer, including managing teams in Portland, organizing camps in Phoenix, and fundraising. She has a degree in technical communication, enjoys podcasting, reading, writing, and playing Splatoon.

2017 Registration is Open!

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New Chicago Location and New Curriculum Using iPads and Swift Also Announced

Today we opened registration for 2017. It's the fifth year of our popular summer program that teaches girls how to make mobile apps in one week.

We are launching a new location, Chicago, in addition to Portland, Seattle, and Phoenix. Register now! Space is very limited; early registration is highly recommended.

As always, your aspiring software developers will receive a broad introduction to the process of iOS app development, from brainstorming and designing ideas to building and pitching their apps. They'll use Mac® computers and Apple's suite of developer tools to build their apps and run them on iPod touch® devices.  This year, the girls will also work with Apple’s new educational tool, Swift Playgrounds, a new app for iPad® that teaches Swift code in a fun and interactive way. It's going to be amazing!

Here's what previous participants have had to say:
- “A camp where itis only girls so you can be yourself. No experience needed.”
- “It is a place where girls become the future.”
- “It opened up a world that I loved learning about.”
- “It was so fun and helped girls be confident that they can do anything they believe in.”

Camp tuition is $400 for the week.

Camp session dates are as follows:
Portland, OR: July 10-14, 2017
Phoenix, AZ: July 17-21, 2017
Seattle, WA: July 17-21, 2017
Chicago, IL: July 24-28, 2017

Did we mention that space is very limited? Register ASAP to avoid disappointment! We are really looking forward to this summer!

AC4G Levels Up in 2017

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A message from App Camp For Girls founder, Jean MacDonald

Last year was another exciting one for App Camp For Girls – 2016 was our busiest season yet! To date, we have worked with 176 aspiring developers and 60 volunteers. We are very proud of what we’ve accomplished working towards our vision of gender equality in software development. We are already at work on the 2017 camp plans, to be announced soon. None of it would be possible without your support!

And because of your support, we are able to embark in 2017 on an ambitious plan to take AC4G to the next level as a nonprofit. Our board has begun a strategic planning process to assess our goals and how to best achieve them in the next three years. We will involve representatives from our whole community in the process in a variety of ways and we will keep everyone informed of what we discover as the process unfolds. 

We know already our future plans include hiring professional staff. After four years of managing AC4G as a volunteer, I am handing the reins to a nonprofit executive who has the experience to take us to the next phase.

With the assistance of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon's Executive Transition service, we've hired Jill Kuehler as interim executive director. Jill was the director of Friends of Zenger Farm, an urban agriculture educational institution in Portland for seven years. She has since worked as an interim executive director helping other nonprofits transition, including Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls, which was the model for AC4G. I love Jill's enthuasiasm and I know we will benefit from her broad expertise in growing a non-profit.

I'll be resuming my consulting work in software marketing, focused as always on the Apple developer and user community, but I will continue to be a leader as a board member, fundraiser, volunteer, and mentor. Grey Osten, AC4G co-founder, will continue to lead our team of amazing iOS developer/instructors designing and executing our curriculum. We have a lot of fun new things coming in 2017, such as Swift Playgrounds on iPad Pros.

On behalf of Grey and the App Camp Board of Directors, I thank you for everything you've done to get us to where we are today. We all look forward to working with you in 2017 and beyond.

Jean MacDonald
Founder, App Camp For Girls

P.S. My special thanks to these companies who were leaders in our 2016 fundraising efforts: our Silver Sponsor, Possible Mobile, and our Bronze Sponsors, Mapbox, McMillan LLP, Radical I/O, Sketch App, and Smile. It means a lot to me to have the support of these leaders in our community, people whom I admire greatly. 

Your continued support is crucial as we work to take this organization to the next level. Please consider making a contribution that will help us pay for the costs of planning and staffing needed to reach this goal. Donations can be made online or via check sent to: App Camp For Girls, PMB 236, 4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97214. (If your company is interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact me at

App Camp For Girls is a 501(c)(3) organization under IRS rules, EIN 46-2044991.