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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.

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Fundraising Countdown: What's At Stake

Jean MacDonald

A personal message from AC4G Founder Jean MacDonald 

What's At Stake for App Camp

Today marks the beginning of the final week of the App Camp 3.0 crowdfunding campaign. The entire App Camp For Girls team has been cheered and honored by the incredible outpouring of support that we've received from the community.

I personally know many of you who have made such great efforts on our behalf. It means so much to me to have that backing. Before the July 1 deadline, can I ask you help us rally the support to get to our final goal? Here's why it's important.

More girls, more locations, more apps

We have 7 days to make it to our final goal of $100,000. We have big plans for 2016 and beyond, based on achieving this goal:

1) Reach more girls by establishing 4 new locations, in addition to the  locations we've already launched (Portland, Seattle, Vancouver). Enthusiastic local organizers have already been recruited. If we fall short of our goal, we will have no choice to cut back on the new 2016 App Camp For Girls locations.

2) Expand our curriculum. In our first three summers, we focused on teaching campers how to build a basic calculator app and a more complex quiz app. We want to challenge our campers with more apps and games. We also want to add the option for campers to do Apple Watch apps, if we meet our fundraising goals.

3) Create a sustainable organization. Almost everything that App Camp For Girls has achieved is the work of unpaid volunteers, myself included.  An organization like App Camp For Girls cannot operate indefinitely without a paid executive director and a paid curriculum developer. If we are to reach more girls and expand the curriculum, App Camp For Girls needs to professionalize.

The next seven days will determine what App Camp For Girls can achieve in 2015-2016. We are committed to continuing the program in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver. We want to expand the number of locations and the curriculum to meet the incredible demand that's out there.

Will you help us to get to the finish line? Don't delay in making a donation, if you haven't yet. Share this with your friends and followers and let them know why you support the goal of more girls and women in tech.

Thanks so much, 
Jean MacDonald 
Founder, App Camp For Girls
jean@appcamp4girls.com

PS. As many of you know, I was inspired to launch AC4G by the paucity of women at Apple's WWDC. This year, I saw women everywhere. Not a lot of women, but there is definitely a difference. App Camp For Girls played a small part in that: six of us were awarded WWDC scholarships this year. Check out the "before-and-after" photos from 2013 and 2015 at the WWDC Bash. :-)

PPS. A special shoutout to the listeners of Mac Power Users. Hosts Katie Floyd and David Sparks challenged their audience to raise $1000. As of today, 76 listeners have contributed $5935! We even worked out a special stretch goal for MPU: if 100 listeners contribute by July 1, I will personally challenge David Sparks to some kind of fun competition when he is in Portland for App Camp... and Periscope it. ;-)

App Camp For Girls Society of Canada!

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We are excited to announce that App Camp For Girls has been officially incorporated in Canada. We appreciate all the hard work of the lawyers at McMillan LLP.

The first Canadian session of App Camp For Girls takes place July 6-10. There are a limited number of spots still available for girls who will be going into Grade 8 or 9 in the fall. The camp will be held at the BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA) Tech Hub in Vancouver.  

The Vancouver location was made possible by the support of our generous supporters. Help us reach more girls in more locations by supporting the App Camp 3.0 funding campaign on Indiegogo!



App Camp 3.0: Help Us Take It To The Next Level

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Our App Camp 3.0 fundraising campaign just launched. We have established the camp and the program, and now we are ready to expand it to other locations in the U.S. and around the world! Help us reach every girl who wants to experience the App Camp program.

Contribute to the App Camp 3.0 Indiegogo campaign! 

Our goal is to raise $100,000 via crowdfunding. One of the things that makes App Camp For Girls great is the amazing support we receive from the community. Check out our Indiegogo campaign and score a cool perk for your donation.

Become an official App Camp For Girls Corporate Sponsor

Contact our fundraising team at sponsorship@appcamp4girls.org for the corporate sponsorship prospectus.

We are so excited about levelling up! We'll keep you posted on our progress. 

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!