Appathon World Record
A rain, miserable Saturday, what should we do? How about attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the largest number of people learning to write Android smartphone applications at the same time!
Yep, that’s what we did. The BCS chartered institute for IT were inviting individual and families with children over the age of 10 to learn how to build Android apps using MIT AppInventor, which is a free, web-based system for creating simple apps using Scratch, a drag-and-drop coding technique.
So, we headed off to the University for an ‘appathon’. Using a mixture of talk, activities, and hands-on coding the Computer Dept helped us build some simple interactive applications that we ran and installed on Android phones or tablets. We made quite a nice little app in the end and Morgan was quite into it although I’m not really sure how much he learnt.
I’m not yet sure if the appathon broke the Guinness World Record or not, but I’m sure we’ll find out soon.