Event

BCS Women-Special Group and the University of Bedfordshire's BCS Student Chapter Event at the University of Bedfordshire, Luton

BCS App-A-Thon - Guinness World Records Challenge

DateSaturday 13 Jun 2015
Time

10.00am for a 10.30am start. Ends: 3.00pm

Location

Room A310, University of Bedfordshire (Luton Campus), University Square, Luton LU1 3JU

Abstract

Logo You can be part of the BCS Guinness World Record Attempt!

Design your own Android App on 13th June 2015, and take it home to show your friends and family! Suitable for anyone over the age of 10 (under 16's with a guardian). Learners just need to bring a laptop and smartphone or tablet.

The BCS Women Group are looking to promote a career in IT, especially to women. To do this we will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the largest number of people learning to write Android smartphone applications at the same time.

The BCS Women Group are getting together with various universities, organisations, companies and local BCS branches to get as many people as possible coding an app on 13 June 2015.

Although we would like to use this as a way to demonstrate to young girls and women that IT can be a fun and interesting career, the event will be open to all. Individuals and families with children over the age of 10 (or possibly a very IT-savvy younger child) are welcome to come and learn (from a woman teacher) how to build Android apps using MIT AppInventor. AppInventor is a free, web-based system for creating simple apps using drag-and-drop coding techniques.

Logo Using a mixture of talk, activities, and hands-on coding we will help you build some simple interactive applications that you run and install on your own Android phones or tablets. You will leave the day with apps you've built, and the software installed on your own laptop to play around with it once you get home.

What You Need to Bring:

  • A laptop and an android smartphone/tablet
  • The desire to design your own app
  • Your guardian if you are under 16
  • A packed lunch

The University of Bedfordshire will provide:

  • Wifi and access to MIT AppInventor
  • Printed materials and resources on a free USB stick
  • All the training and assistance you will need to create your own app
  • Tea/coffee and juice station

Car-Parking: There is no parking available on the University of Bedfordshire Luton Campus but there are a large number of public and privately owned car-parks in the vicinity.

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