Hello App – Coding Sessions for Students
Saturday on the 13th we started the 5th edition of Hello App, our free coding sessions for students. We gathered at Ambasada to welcome this year’s participants and to establish a few details in order to get started. We were happy to see a few familiar faces, participants from previous editions, who have signed up again.
At Ambasada, we talked about the event, how it was going to be organized and then, the participants started pitching their project ideas. They were excited and already had a few app ideas they wanted to discuss and implement during Hello App.
After the participants shared their thoughts and presented their ideas, we left a few minutes for discussions. This was a good opportunity for the participants to ask the mentors for advice and guidance regarding their app ideas. We believe teamwork makes the dream work, so during this time, they also had to find a teammate for their projects.
After the organizational details were established, we started the coding sessions. These lasted for two weeks, during which, we were helping the participants work on their apps and get past the difficulties they faced during the development. The whole idea of Hello App is to offer a hands-on experience to the participants, create a real-life situation.
This year we were focusing on developing Android apps. As we like trying out new technologies and we always try to add as much value as we can to our events, we decided to develop the apps in Kotlin. This is a rather new programming language aiming to help improve app quality by writing less but more expressive code.
Finally, on Saturday, we gathered again at Ambasada. This time for the final app presentations. The participants showcased their apps and talked about their experience at the coding sessions and what they learned from the development process.
The apps were developed during Hello App are:
- CarMeets – an app for organizing car meetings. A meeting can be set up in the app by picking a date, description and location. The app has a list of nearby events which can be viewed on a map also.
- HelloCardApp – a loyalty card keeper. Its purpose is to have all your cards in one app instead of keeping multiple loyalty cards in your wallet. You can scan the card codes with the camera or add them manually.
- DiscoverTimisoara – an app which helps discover cool places from Timisoara. It has a list of recommendations with monuments, parks, cafes and restaurants. The app idea is to work based on GPS and to show places close by.
- TMCycling – a map for biking enthusiasts. It has 2 trails available, a shorter one and a longer one. The biking trails are highlighted on the map so they can be followed easily.
In the end, it was hard to select a winner app, considering different skill levels and also teamwork, motivation and progress that was made. The most votes went to team DiscoverTimisoara who won 2 Sony Max Bass headphones. Congrats to all participants!
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