Help launch a non-profit organization that hopes to create a camp for girls to learn how to brainstorm, design, and build iPhone apps while working with women developers and designers. Closing in on $70,000 in donations they need $100,00 to reach goal to accelerate their plans and expand the program beyond Portland in Summer 2014.
Why Apps? Why Girls?
App Camp for Girls wants to address the gender imbalance among software developers by giving girls the chance to learn how to build apps, to be inspired by women instructors, and to get exposure to software development as a career. Their goal is to grow a non-profit organization into a national force, with programs in multiple cities, helping thousands of girls.
This summer, they will be holding two sessions with girls 12-14 to build and refine a curriculum with experience and an established program. Over the coming year, they plan to expand the camp for Summer 2014 to accommodate more girls and a bigger age group beyond Portland to other cities.
What happens at App Camp?
The schedule at App Camp For Girls is equal parts geeky and fun. Girls are divided into project teams, and the teams are led by a women whom are iOS developers, designers, testers, support specialists, and others.
The weeklong session covers the process from brainstorming an app idea to marketing the finished app. Girls will learn how to sketch out and storyboard their app ideas. The project team leaders will take the refined app storyboards and show the girls how apps are built in Xcode. The girls will have an opportunity for hands-on time with Xcode Storyboards and will learn how to customize the content of their app.
In addition to developing their apps, the girls get to design icons and write App Store descriptions, while figuring out who their target market is. On the last day of camp, the teams will pitch their apps to a panel of women angel investors, giving them a chance to receive valuable feedback and learn more about the business side of app development.
The camp will provide an iPod touch for each girl to use. This will make it easy for the girls to learn by example, looking at current apps and how they work. The finished apps from each project team will be loaded on to all the iPod touches so the girls can see their apps on the device and get that sense of pride and excitement that comes with deploying your first app.
What will the funds be used for?
Their goal is to raise enough money to fund the first 12 months of building a non-profit nationwide program, Summer 2013 App Camp with 32 girls over two sessions (June and August), as well as the costs of running the camp, expanding the program and doing outreach for the next 12 months. Some of the expenses include:
- iPod touches
- MacBooks, backup drives and other accessories
- venue rental
- classroom equipment and projector
- volunteer stipends
- design tools and art supplies
- software: CRM, finance, presentation
- website hosting
- accounting and legal services
- printing and t-shirts
- snacks and lunches
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Narz is CEO/ Founder at Girl Gamer Vogue and Video Game Columnist at KnickerBocker Ledger.