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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.


App Camp (Beta) Moved to June

Jean MacDonald

Launching something brand new is exciting. It also requires a ton of planning and work.  A few details did not come together for the planned March beta session. We've decided to move the App Camp (Beta) trial run to June 24 - 28 and hold the first paid session August 19 - 23.

March planning session

We already have TaborSpace booked for March 25 - 29, and we have volunteers who have committed time for that week. So we'll take advantage of that space and time to get together for some extended planning sessions then, covering questions like:
- How do you make an iPhone app in one week?
- What non-computer activities can we offer during App Camp?
- What's the optimal schedule that combines fun and focus?
- Where should we recruit campers and volunteers?
- What kind of equipment and supplies should we order?
- How and when can we launch our Indiegogo fundraising campaign--and how do we persuade folks to contribute?
- What snacks will we serve?!! 😆
(I've been told by girls I've surveyed that snacks are very important to a camp's success.)

Here is the tentative schedule for the planning and preparation sessions:

Monday, March 25: App Development
We'll spend the day testing and refining our curriculum for teaching girls how to build an iPhone app. This session is for women developers who are interested in teaching and anyone who would like to be a guinea pig for the program. 

Tuesday, March 26: Volunteers and Planning
On this day, we'll bring together all the interested volunteers. We will focus on the nuts and bolts of making the camp a reality. We'll plan to focus on camp logistics in the morning, fundraising and recruiting in the afternoon, depending on volunteer schedules. You can come in the morning or the afternoon (or both), but definitely plan on having lunch with the whole group.

Wednesday, March 27: Mini-Camp
We have a few girls ready to come in during the day, ready to try out our app development program. 

Thursday & Friday, March 28 & 29: To be determined
We have the space for both of these days. Depending on volunteer interest and feedback, we'll meet up for further planning.

If you are available during the week of March 25 - 29, and would like to join us for all or part of the planning, let me know