Each year we are creating a pro bono app for an NGO.
We are also organising Hello App - a free app development course for students.
Here at Cobalt Sign, we are developing native mobile apps for iOS, Android and Windows. The one sentence that defines us and our work looks like this: “Don’t stop until you’re proud”. As it states, we are always focusing on developing beautiful & quality mobile applications that we are proud of, both for our clients and for ourselves.
We enjoy growing and improving our own apps. One of them is Ready Set Holiday! a stylish travel app of which we are proud of. Ready Set Holiday! has over 1.9 million downloads and a 4.5-star rating on the stores.
Here at Cobalt Sign, we are developing apps since 2011. We love apps & everything related and we want to share our passion with the world. We started doing pro bono work a few years back, developing free apps for events happening in our city and we’ve been organizing Hello App (formerly Mobile Summer).
Hello App is an app development workshop for students which has reached its 5th edition. We dedicated an edition of the workshop to help organizations from Timisoara have their own apps. Together with our students, we developed 3 apps in collaboration with Alergotura, FITT Timișoara and Plai Association.
Our Contribution so Far
Developing Pro-Bono Apps for NGOs
During our Internship Program
Each summer we are organising a 2-months internship program at Cobalt Sign around developing an app for an NGO, according to their needs. Starting from 2019 we decided to expand our reach and impact, so we will accept requests from organisations worldwide, not only local NGOs.
We believe it is only fair that unpaid internships should not be taken advantage of, so we use this time & effort to contribute to the community and help NGOs.
Our interns have the opportunity to exercise teamwork and learn software development skills on a real project, that is useful for the community.
The students will be working on iOS & Android apps under the guidance of our team of experienced app developers. The initiative’s objective is to create simple & modern, but also useful, ready-to-launch apps, based on the custom needs of the organisation. Our target is to publish the apps at the end of the summer.
Pro Bono Apps
Developed During Our Internship Programs
Official Apps for Plai Festival in Timișoara
We first developed the iPhone & Android apps for PLAI Festival in 2013 as part of our pro-bono initiative. Since then, we updated them each year to include new design elements and fit the event’s requirements.
In summer 2018, together with our 2 interns, we completely re-created the PLAI Festival apps, in React Native, and now they have a fresh & minimalist design, and a new backend in Firebase.
The apps display a simplified tab navigation and contain useful information about the venue, partners, cultural events, tickets and most importantly, the daily schedule with push notifications.
Since 2014 we are organizing free app development sessions for programming savvy students from Timișoara. It all started as a way to share our passions and to give back and grow the mobile developers’ community. Through these coding sessions, students can learn new technologies and implement their own app ideas.
Our goal is to help them understand the basics of programming and encourage teamwork and creativity, everything in a cozy, informal and friendly environment. The students get a taste of real-life app development, learn to implement their own ideas and at the end of the event, their projects get published on the app store.
Find out more about our initiative on our Facebook page.
Apps for our City
Developed with our Students from the 4th Edition
During Hello App, each team usually implements their own app idea, but the 4th edition of our summer course was a bit different. Together with the participants, we developed apps for our city, Timișoara, helping 3 local NGOs: Alergotura – which promotes a healthy lifestyle through running events, FITT Timișoara – which is the main youth organisation in town and Plai Association – focused on cultural and social initiatives. We held 6 meetings between June 24 & July 5, where both the participants and mentors worked on these apps. Read more about the 4.0 edition and the apps.
Get in touch if you need an app
We want to achieve as much as we can through Hello App and our internship programs, so if you are representing an organization or project with ecological, cultural or artistic matter don’t hesitate to contact us. Fill in the form below to help us understand the app you need and we’ll contact you.
We are always happy to help and to hear your ideas!