Design, build and launch your own app at CodeCamp 2017
It’s CodeCamp’s fifth birthday and we’re celebrating in style with our biggest event yet! Join us from 24 July – 4
August at Queen’s University Belfast’s brand new world-leading Computer Science labs to learn how to build apps
from scratch, take part in interactive sessions with IT geniuses and compete for some very cool prizes.
Tickets are free and are available to students aged 14-18 who are studying a STEM subject and haven’t attended a
CodeCamp event before.
What happens at CodeCamp
Learn everything you need to know about app development from our professional mentors
Enjoy talks from inspirational guest speakers and interactive demos of the latest technology
Design, build and launch your own fully-functional Android app using MIT AppInventor
Present your app to a panel of expert judges for the chance to win epic prizes
What you'll get from CodeCamp
Improve your skills, from programming to project management
Enjoy hands-on experience of the latest tech
Get mentoring from our friendly software developers
Kick-start your future with academic and career advice
Be inspired by talks and demos from our guest speakers
Get the chance to win great prizes or even ongoing support for your app
Frequently asked questions
Who can attend CodeCamp?
CodeCamp is open to students aged 14-18 who are studying a STEM subject (e.g. maths, science, computing,
engineering, technology etc) and who haven’t attended a CodeCamp event before.
You’ll also need to be able to commit to attending the course full time for all 10 days – part time
attendance will not be permitted.
I’ve attended a previous CodeCamp event – can I still come?
You can still apply for a place but please be aware that this year, priority for places will be given to
students who haven't attended before. CodeCamp is a very popular initiative which sells out every year
with huge waiting lists. Giving priority to students who haven’t attended before is partly to give as
many young people as possible the chance to attend, but also because the content of the event is very
similar year-on-year, so repeat attendees wouldn't really be learning anything new.
When does the camp run?
The camp will run 24 July – 4 August Monday to Friday from 10am – 4pm each day. Please note doors
won’t open until 10 am so if you arrive any earlier you’ll need to make your own arrangements for
somewhere to wait.
I can’t attend the whole course – can I still apply?
To apply to CodeCamp you must be able to commit to attending full time for all ten days. If during
course you’re unable to attend for any reason for more than two days in a row, you will forfeit your
place. We ask for this commitment to make sure that everyone gets the most of out the course – each
will build on work done on the previous day, so it’s important you’re there for the whole time.
Do I need to have any previous experience of programming?
Nope! All you need is to have an interest in software development. Our mentors will guide you through
the rest, including how to use App Inventor if you haven’t done so before.
How do I apply for a place at CodeCamp?
All you need to do is complete the application form by Wednesday 28 June, including a 250-word
on why you want to attend CodeCamp. After the closing date, we’ll review the applications and get
to you to let you know if you’ve got a place.
When is the closing date for applications?
You’ll need to get your application in by Wednesday 28 June. No applications will be accepted after
date. Places are NOT first-come, first-served but we recommend you apply early if you can to avoid a
When will I find out if I’ve got a place?
We’ll let you know by Friday 30 June to let you know whether or not you’ve been successful.
How will you choose who gets a place?
We’ll select applicants from everyone who meets the entry requirements based on your 250-word
about why you want to attend CodeCamp – so take your time to answer this. There's some tips on what
we're looking for below.
What should I include in my 250-word statement? What are you looking for from applicants?
We're looking for people who are keen, enthusiastic and interested in all things tech, so you can
include anything you think demonstrates that you're one of those people.
You can include anything you think shows us your interest in technology. For example, if you've been
any similar events or clubs, explain what you enjoyed about them. If you already have an idea for an
app, talk about it. If you have a STEM-related hobby, tell us what it is and why you like it. But
importantly of all, tell us why you want to come to CodeCamp and what you're hoping to get out of
You don't have to be an expert with loads of experience, you just have to really want to come along
CodeCamp and be committed to making the most of the opportunity. So make sure your application shows
that you're excited about CodeCamp and tells us why.
Will I need to bring anything?
Please bring your unique confirmation email – either printed or on your phone – so that we can check
you’re who you say you
are! Food isn’t provided so we recommend you bring a packed lunch each day – there is a shop about five
minutes’ walk away if you wish to purchase something. If you have your own Android device we recommend
you bring this with you so you can test your app regularly.
What technology will be used?
You’ll be using App Inventor to create and develop your Android apps, and you’ll also get the chance to
try out other tech, including VR and AR headsets, over the course of the two weeks.
What happens if my application is not successful?
We’ll place everyone who submitted a strong application but didn’t get a place onto a waiting list.
anyone drops out prior to the event, we’ll allocate their place to someone on the waiting list.
How to apply
Applying for your free place at this year's CodeCamp is simple.
meet all the entry requirements.
Complete the application form, including your 250-word statement about why you want to attend CodeCamp.
Remember, this statement is what we’ll use to decide who gets a place, so make sure you think carefully
Get your parent or guardian to read the terms and conditions and complete the consent section of the
Submit your application by the closing date of Wednesday 28 June – we’ll be in touch by Friday 30
know if you’ve been successful.