BCSWomen Guinness World Record attempt this June

I keep hearing about a BCSWomen Guinness World Record attempt from the women in IT community, so here are some details to share with you on how to get involved.

On Saturday 13 June (10:30am-3pm) BCSWomen are coordinating universities, organisations and BCS branches to code apps in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest number of people learning to write Android smartphone applications at the same time.

The workshop is a ‘family fun day’ which will involve apps being built in mixed aged groups. It’s suitable for anyone over the age of 10* and everyone under 18 will need a guardian.

Groups across the UK will take part in talks, activities and hands-on coding to build apps that can run and install on Android phones or tablets. Each group will need to bring a laptop and an android smartphone or tablet.

BCSWomen have highlighted MIT AppInventor, which is a free, web-based system for creating simple apps using drag-and-drop coding techniques.

BCSWomen have suggested the following ways in which you can get involved:

  • ·         Run your own branch event – all you need is a room with good Wi-Fi
  • ·         Lead an event – this involves 3 hours online training in advance
  • ·         Assist at an event
  • ·         Promote the event – through local publicity and your networks
  • ·         Come along to an event and bring other people
  • BCS will provide: 
  • ·         Event materials
  • ·         Online training
  • ·         Funding towards refreshments
  • ·         Assistance finding a presenter

If you are interested in getting involved you can contact [email protected]

Computer Weekly will be involved in some shape or form to help break the world record, so if you can help out with the BCSWomen campaign be sure to drop them a line!

*If you do think a child under 10 would benefit from the day, BCS has said it can contact the local event leader for you to check whether they can make an exception.