Season 2 of the Game of Apps is 24 weeks long, divided into two 12-week "semesters".
The first 12-week semester is focused on learning core development and programming skills. Students will learn the fundamental concepts of writing modern software applications as they develop a common mobile app.
The second 12-week semester is a competition where students form teams of 4 to 6 individuals. Students will learn and implement Design Thinking Principles as they define, design and develop their own unique apps. This semester culminates in a Pitch Presentation Day and Awards Ceremony where the best individuals and best teams will be awarded.
The Game of Apps is special in the following ways:
No, it is not necessary to have prior programming experience. However, any prior experience will be helpful—it will help you achieve a deeper understanding of the concepts as we go through them in the program.
Students meet with the mentors and with each other one evening a week, each session is 3-hours long. Throughout the week, on average, students will put in an additional 2 to 4 hours of work. There are also 4 Saturday workshops throughout the program.
We want you to work in teams because that is exactly how we work in the industry. The skills and expertise required to build an app of any significance is larger than any one designer or developer can handle.
By working in teams, not only will you gain exposure to how we build apps in the industry, you also learn crucial teamwork skills.
The overall winning team will receive a trophy which may be proudly displayed in their school's trophy case. Additional teams and individuals will be given awards and medals for various categories.
If you are able to complete your app and get it to the stage where it is ready to be published, then yes, we will assist you in publishing your app to the App Store.
Yes, we've refined Season 2 of Game of Apps based on our learnings from Season 1. We've added some additional lessons and will spend more time and go more in depth on many of the existing lessons.
It will be beneficial to participate again and help your school team win!
(Think of it like if you were in a basketball or volleyball team. You would participate each year to represent your school, building up on previous years' successes.)
The Game of Apps program maps into several curriculum competencies as defined by the British Columbia Ministry of Education.
We are conducting Info Sessions before the summer break (May and June 2017). You may pre-register at these Info Sessions. Official registration starts in September 2018.
If you want to be added to our mailing list, please send us an email.
A limited number of scholarships are available each season of Game of Apps.
Yes, we are planning to hire several student interns in the summer of 2018. Please check our job posting if you are interested.