AppCamp is a free opportunity for young IT developers and entrepreneurs to learn how to create apps in a structured and supportive environment. This year, AppCampers in Belfast will develop iOS apps.
During AppCamp, you will learn how to program, design and structure an app, and how to launch it in an app store. You’ll learn pretty much everything you need to know to get from a good idea to a working app.
Well, members of the Kainos team will provide formal training in the first few weeks to give you the fundamental knowledge and skills you’ll need. After the formal training, we’ll provide all the support you need – mentoring, access to graphic design skills, marketing, etc. – to build an app and launch it.
Give us your name and contact details and tell us why we should select you. Tell us why you’re interested in programming, what you’re going to do with the opportunity and what sort of apps you’d like to work on. Most importantly, help us to understand who you really are. If you wish, feel free to upload any supporting material you think may be relevant – a CV perhaps, a video message or even demos you may have created – just pop them in a zip file and upload. Based on the information you supply, we’ll select a shortlist of candidates and we’ll have a chat with them before making our final decision. Applications will open soon.
We've extended the application deadline - get your applications in as soon as possible!
Good question. To develop iOS apps, you need to use Apple Mac hardware. During the AppCamp, we’ll provide you with MacBooks and iPads to support the training. If you are selected as finalists, we’ll provide you with a MacBook to develop your App.
There are two parts to AppCamp. First there is a two-week training course in which we’ll accommodate up to 16 students.
During the training course, we expect that you’ll be inspired to develop a real app (if you weren’t already inspired before). We will give everyone an opportunity to pitch your app idea to a “Dragons’ Den” style panel, which will include the Kainos CEO, CTO, and some friendly entrepreneurs. We will choose the best ideas and if selected, you’ll return to Kainos for six weeks to develop your app.
The Camp is scheduled to run for 8 weeks during the Summer 2016 break. We expect the training component to run from Monday 27th June to Friday 8th July and the finalists will continue with the Camp until the end of August. There will be a break from 11th – 15th July. Dragons Den pitches take place before this break.
During the 2 weeks training, it will be 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday to Friday. There will then be a break from 11th-15th July, and then a further 6 weeks (again 9am-5pm) to develop their app. For the finalists, we’ll be making a team room available for the Camp in Belfast. The intention is that Campers will work from this base in standard full time working hours to allow for maximum support from the Kainos mentors.
Yes – students from any year and any university in the UK and Ireland are eligible to apply. Bottom line: if you’re interested and talented, please submit an application and we’ll work with you to get you involved, if possible.
No. The Camp is open to any student who is studying any course with a programming component. Because app development is fundamentally a programming challenge, we do require you to have some programming background and, more importantly, a real interest in developing your programming skills.
Yes. This year, we are accepting applications from all students enrolled in a relevant degree.
Great question. Unfortunately you can’t participate directly. However, if you’ve got an App idea and would like to partner with a more development focused participant, get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we may be able to arrange something. We’d suggest that you don’t provide full details of your idea in the email – just express your interest and give us enough info to start the discussion.
As well as giving each Camper finalist their development kit, we want to reward the “best app”. But, to do that, we needed to find a way to determine what is the “best app”. Ultimately, we feel that we should let the market decide. Therefore, we encourage all Campers to launch their apps on the App Store. To ensure a level playing field, we require Campers to release their app for free. After a period of reasonable time we will review the performance of the app, looking at number of downloads and review feedback. The creator of the best app will win an awesome prize.
No, although, as Apple’s guidelines state we probably have enough “Fart Apps” already. But, you can develop whatever you want – if App store will accept it in the Store, you can do it. And we’ll probably bring in a few guest lecturers who may spark some ideas.
There’s no catch. We want to play a part in developing the next generation of software developers and tech entrepreneurs in the UK and Ireland. Kainos is also fully committed to the Bring IT On initiative and the AppCamp is a great way for us to support the Bring IT On goals of illustrating the opportunities and attractiveness of a career in IT. You will have no obligation to Kainos after the Camp finishes. However, AppCamp is, of course, good publicity for Kainos and if it helps attract that next generation of software developers/entrepreneurs to work in Kainos when they graduate, that’s a bonus. We’ll also be running some PR activities alongside the Camp and we would be delighted if the Campers would get involved in this (photos on website, interviews on TV/radio, etc.)
Well, that’s a bit negative but, of course you can quit early. It’s AppCamp, not PrisonCamp! However, if you were to be selected and quit early, we would expect you to return all hardware and software that was provided. You should also bear in mind that, by quitting, you’ll effectively be denying someone else the opportunity to take part in the camp. So, please treat the opportunity to take part in the AppCamp seriously and only make the commitment to join if you fully intend to see it through. Unforeseen circumstances can occur and, if you need to leave the camp for reasons beyond your control, we’ll understand.
Accommodation is not provided for participants taking part in AppCamp.