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:
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 may also be a few 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 and project management 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 continually refining Game of Apps and adding new programs. We now have both iOS and Android programs and will be adding a web app program soon. We will be alternating programs each year.
It will also be beneficial to have veterans to help your school team win!
You may pre-register in June 2019. Official registration starts in September 2019.
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A limited number of scholarships are available each season of Game of Apps.
A number of Junior Summer Camps will be offered in the Summer of 2019, in Richmond and in New Westminster. You may find more information on our Registrations page.
Yes, we have hired both high school and university interns for summer jobs. Please check our job postings if you are interested.
The Game of Apps program maps into several curriculum competencies as defined by the British Columbia Ministry of Education.