Design your own Android App

Design your own Android App on 13 June 2015, and take it home to show your friends and family!

This event is closed, no more bookings will be accepted.

Edge Hill University, Dept Of Computing, St Helen's Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 4QP | Maps

Participants must arrive by 10.00am because we blow the whistle at 10:30 and if they are not in the room they can't be counted for the record.

Free and open to all


The BCS 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 and you can be part of it!

Individual and families with children over the age of 10 (or possibly a very IT-savvy younger child) are welcome to come and learn how to build Android apps using MIT AppInventor, which is a free, web-based system for creating simple apps using drag-and-drop coding techniques.

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?

  • This venue can offer PC’s at with pre-installed software if this helps. Attendees will only need Google accounts which need to be set up before the event.
  • The desire to design your own app
  • Your guardian if you are under 16 to be present at all times. (Under 10 years olds are accepted to this venue, please note they must be accompanied by a guardian at all times)
  • A packed lunch
  • NOTE: This event is being recorded and photographed. If you do not wish to be photographed or videoed then please ensure you inform the organiser on the day.

BCS will provide:

  • The location
  • Wifi and access to MIT AppInventor
  • Tea/coffee station
  • All the training and assistance you will need to create your own app

What's the program for the day going to be like?

10:00am - 11:30am

getting started, what's an app, installing the software, having a play


coffee break

11:45am - 1:00pm

making your first program, getting it from the computer to your phones and tablets, getting into small groups, brainstorming

1:00pm - 1:30pm

lunch and app planning

1:30pm - 2:30pm

coding and testing your apps in small groups


see what everyone has built


wrap up and next steps




What kind of laptop do I need?
Anything reasonably modern, with WIFI. We'll be using MIT AppInventor which is a web service, and we've successfully run it (slowly) on a 4 year old cheapo netbook, so it doesn't require a super-powerful machine. It can run on Windows, Linux and Mac computers, but you need access to the internet. Please bring at least one laptop between 2.

Do I need to install anything in advance?
You don't need to - but if you want to, go ahead. It installs in a few clicks on Windows, and I am told it's an easy install on a Mac, and it can be a bit of a faff on Linux (but us Linux users are used to that). We'll be installing it as part of the workshop but if you want to have a play in advance then that's great - the more people who arrive ready to run, the quicker we can get going with the actual code.

Do I need to bring an Android?
If you have one, please do - there's nothing more fun than getting stuff working on your actual phone or tablet. But there's an online emulator, so you can join in, do coding, and test your work without having an Android device.

My daughter/son is younger than 10 but really keen on computers, can I bring her/him?
Under 10 years olds are accepted to this venue, please note they must be accompanied by a guardian at all times.

There are questions on the booking form, please fill them in and we will get back to you as soon as we can to let you know if they can attend.

Do I have to be a BCS member to come along?
No, the event is free and open to all.

I don't want to open a Google account, is that OK?
MIT AppInventor requires a Google account, so you will need to open one (even it if is just a throwaway account). It would help if you did this before the workshop.

I don't understand the previous question!
Help? If you've got gmail, you've got an account, don't worry.

Is there anything else I need to bring?
We're not providing lunch so you might want to bring that. But you don't have to - there are lots of shops nearby where you can buy lunch. We'll provide coffee/juice/biscuits

Please note that BCS do not issue letters of invitation.

The UK Border Agency are to be contacted for all visa enquiries

Cancellation Policy
In the event of cancellation the delegates will be told well in advance. BCS reserve the right to cancel any event. BCS is not responsible for hotel or travel costs.
Bookings close on 9 June at 23:59pm

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