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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 mini-session in Ireland

Jean MacDonald

Úll is a two-day conference in Ireland. In its third year, it has garnered quite a reputation for amazing speakers and an unconventional format. This year they invited me to come talk about App Camp For Girls. Instead of a conventional talk in an auditorium, they asked me to do something interactive for the attendees. I thought I would demonstrate to the attending developers how they could teach their own kids to make apps.

What I didn't know is that there would be actual kids in attendance. So it turned into a mini one-day App Camp Kilkenny. Several girls (and a few women) took the App Camp Quiz template, designed by App Camp lead developer Nat Osten, and made quiz apps of their own. Several of the guys pitched in to help accommodate the big ideas these girls had, and programmed new stuff on the fly. It was crazy. And amazing. And so inspiring. (And very tiring!)

I'm headed back to Portland tomorrow. I'm still processing everything I learned and experienced at Úll. (I made new friends! I finally met Amy Jane Gruber!! I drank my first Guinness!!!) If you ever get a chance to attend, do it. 

A few photos... I'm gathering more for an album to post soon. (There's a great write-up and mention in The Irish Times.)

There's all kinds of awesome going on in this photo!


Ana from Slovenia; below, one of her results screen. I am a flower. :-)



Siena from Toronto. We had so much fun.


A caricature of me, by the amazing illustrator for the conference, Carolina Buzio.