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Answers to frequently asked questions

Program

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 design and development skills. Students will learn the fundamental concepts of writing modern software applications as they work through various exercises.

The second 12-week semester is a competition where students form teams of 5 or 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 unique in the following ways:

  • Our mentors are professional developers and designers, working in the local Tech industry,
  • Students learn and use the same tools and techniques that the mentors employ on a daily basis within the industry,
  • The program focuses not just on learning coding, but also on learning design, which is equally—or at times even more—important,
  • Students form teams and build their own apps from scratch,
  • Students are exposed to the entire app lifecycle—ideation, sketching, prototyping, coding, testing, marketing, pitch presentation, demoing, and more,
  • Students build up or add to their portfolio, which may then be used when applying to post-secondary institutions or future jobs, and
  • Students establish connections with mentors and individuals within the Tech industry.

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.)

A number of schools and school districts will be participating in Season 2 of Game of Apps. If you're interested in participating but are not sure if your school will be involved, please send us an email and we can let you know.


Registrations

High school students are eligible to register for Game of Apps. Depending on your school district, this might be from grade 8 or grade 9 up to grade 12.

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.


Miscellaneous

Yes, we have hired 5 student interns in the summer of 2018. Please check our job postings if you are interested.

We are looking for professionals currently working in the technology industry who are willing to volunteer and give back to the next generation. You don't need any prior teaching experience—just a good attitude and a willingness to pass on the skills that you've learned and are using in your daily job. If you are interested in joining us, please send us an email! We are expanding GoA and would love to speak with you.

Yes, we are always looking for and appreciate sponsorships from local industry, both technology and non-technology companies.

If you wish to partner with us to prepare and equip the next generation of technology professionals, please send us an email.


Curriculum

The Game of Apps program maps into several curriculum competencies as defined by the British Columbia Ministry of Education.

Applied Design, Skills and Technologies 9

 

Computer Studies 10

 

Computer Programming 11

 

Math 11

 

Computer Programming 12

 

Math 12