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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.


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


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!


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

Sponsor an App Camp Project Team

Jean MacDonald

Update: Details for sponsoring project teams in Summer 2015 will be posted here.

2014 Seattle sponsors! Thanks to Black PixelUI Stencils andNick Harris for sponsoring our first ever Seattle session August 4 - 8, 2014. 

2014 Portland sponsors! Thanks to Tyree AppsBrad Feld and Samuel Goodwin for sponsoring our July 2014 session. and Katrina Dickson, Q Branch, and Daring Fireball for sponsoring our August 2014 session.

This is a fun sponsorship opportunity! When you sponsor an App Camp For Girls project team, you get:

- photos of your team at work during the week of camp
- mention in the team's app's credits
- mention in the team's presentation at the pitch session on Friday
- mention in the pitch session video (see last year's video)
- special buttons made by your team (last year, we had a team named Swift, so we wore those buttons at WWDC this year!)
- listing and link on our 2014 Supporters page