On January 23rd, high school students flocked to the TechLAB Innovation Center for a day-long workshop for Technovation participants, sponsored by IBM. Students were treated to hands-on activities that explored the IBM Bluemix platform, which provides users with all the components necessary to build a functioning app in the Cloud.
The day started with a tutorial by JeanCarl Bisson, Technical Evangelist for IBM Cloud, on how to build an app that could test the temperature of a room and adjust a thermostat accordingly. Then, the students were challenged to think of their own app ideas and develop them using the Bluemix platform.
Students came with varying coding experience and were equally successful at developing ideas for their new apps. One group of students developed an idea for an app that alerts users if there is a fire in their home. Another group of girls identified the problem of keeping track of all their homework assignments. In order to address this problem, their app would not only keep a running list of the student’s assignments, but it would also alert the student each hour to give her an update on her progress. That way, the student would be able to stay on track and insure that all of her assignments are completed by the end of the night.
“The students amazed us with their innovative ideas. They were having fun and realizing that app design isn’t just for guys. If we can work with organizations like Technovation to get this message across to girls everywhere, it could go a long way in closing the gender gap,” said Kristina Vasquez, IBM Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs
“Technovation is proud to partner with IBM to bring innovative technology to our participants,” said Allie Holmes, Events and Engagement Director at Technovation. “The skills developed at today’s workshop will help these students as they continue to develop their apps and navigate technology beyond the Technovation Challenge,”
Technovation’s registration is still open for the 2016 season, which takes place from February to April. Interested students and mentors can register at my.technovationchallenge.org.