A big thank you to all our distinguished guests who attended our Awards Ceremony on February 24th, 2018!
The Awards Ceremony was held on Saturday, February 24th. Congratulations to all the students for completing the program! A big thank you to all our VIPs, judges and special guests (listed below).
Awards Ceremony video livestream: https://youtu.be/9TSBRXHzEnk
Congratulations to our awards recipients!
Thank you to our judges and distinguished guests!
Thank you to our corporate sponsors!
After 16 weeks of intense design and software development, the high school teams are now ready to pitch their apps to a panel of judges. We’re really proud of what the students have accomplished. Come and cheer on the teams on Saturday, February 24th at Richmond Secondary School.
The student teams will be presenting to a distinguished panel of judges:
Get your tickets now: https://gameofapps.eventbrite.com. Please bring your tickets to the event.
We held our 4th Saturday workshop on January 13, 2018. The teams learned how to share a common code repository using git. The mentors also helped set up each team’s projects for the final stretch of the project–coding and implementation!
Also, everyone received their Game of Apps t-shirts!
We were featured on the front page of the Richmond News! The students were interviewed by Graeme Wood from the Richmond News and posed for a few pictures. Some teams almost asked Mr. Wood to sign an NDA (non-disclosure agreement) before they would discuss their app with him, lol!
Here’s the full article: Richmond News—There’s an app for that
On November 14, 2017, we held the second of four Saturday workshops. The teams learned how to sketch their app prototypes on paper, showing the various screens and user interactions. They also learned how to conduct user testing so they can test out the prototypes and make adjustments before coding. It was a lot of fun!
We had our Kickoff Workshop on Saturday, October 14 at Richmond Secondary School. 97 students from 8 different Richmond high schools were registered in the program. We spent the day learning specific Design skills through the Design Thinking Principles workshop and hands-on exercises. The teams also started thinking about what possible apps they can build within the Game of Apps program.
We held our first mentors’ meet-up on Monday, 2017 August 28. We have a great bunch of industry professionals, both Designers and Developers, with combined work experience from over 32 local and international companies!
We worked on the detailed plans for the first portion of the program (the Design Sprint) and look forward to working together to mentor the students this school year!
We held a coding summer camp last week (July 10 to 14) at McNair Secondary (Roland’s Alma Mater!). For five days a class full of high school students learned how to write their own iPhone and iPad apps using Apple’s latest programming language, Swift.
The students wrote several apps such as Slingshot (an Angry Birds lookalike app), an image navigator and an AI (artificial intelligence) app that allows users to converse with the device (kind of like Siri but with no voice recognition).
On the last day, we had an open house and a number of parents and school district officials attended and saw several students demonstrate the apps they built. Certificates of completion were also handed out at that time.
Lastly, the local paper Richmond News, published a full page article about this summer camp. You can find the article here: What's Up With The Apps.
The idea for Game of Apps took shape as we initiated discussions with the Richmond School District. We will roll out an after school program, meeting once a week, 3 hours a week on Tuesday evenings for 16 weeks. Further, there will be four Saturday all-day workshops.
After 37 years, Roland reconnects with his grade 7 elementary school teacher, Mr. Glen Bussey. Roland reflects on how Glen was instrumental in instilling in him a passion for programming. This ultimately launched Roland into his career in technology. As a result, Roland started considering how he might give back to the next generation.
The Richmond School District purchased its first seventeen Apple II computers in 1980. Roland wrote his very first computer program (in BASIC!) on one of these. The computer was shared among three elementary schools. On the weeks that they had the computer, Roland stayed every day after school with his grade 7 teacher, Glen Bussey, to learn how to write software.