The BCSWomen Android programming family fun day we held in Leeds a couple of weeks ago was a resounding success, and I’ve been spending my spare time between then and now turning the materials into a “Workshop in a box”. The idea is that anyone can take the workshop, and run it, with minimal effort; I’ve provided slides, a handout for attendees, a downloadable pack of assets (sounds and pictures that people can use in apps) and a detailed presenter’s guide which has running order, kit list, room requirements, and tips for making the day go smoothly. It also features lots of cute pictures of androids, which I had a lot of fun drawing using gimp.
I’ve decided to release the materials under Creative Commons, specifically their attribution share-alike unported license. This means you can take the materials and use them, including developing and remixing the materials, but only if you credit me and BCSWomen as authors, and make any version you build out of my workshop available under a share-alike license. Hopefully this will encourage people to make a bit more of the stuff – it took quite a while to put the workshop together and I really like the idea of other people running it and developing it themselves, and releasing new versions for other people to build upon in the same way.
http://www.hannahdee.eu/appinventor/ is the link you need to download the materials – they’re available as PDF (if you just want to use them) and as OpenOffice (if you want to take them and develop them yourself). There’s also an FAQ.
I’ve also made a little video here, which shows you what the people got up to in Leeds. However if you choose to run the event yourself, it’ll be different as one of the cool things about the day is that people build the apps they want to. It’s worth taking a look at the vid though – I don’t think any of the participants had done any programming for mobile devices before, and they made some really cool stuff in just a couple of hours. The video is less than four minutes long, and has some sound (mostly the sound of 40 telephones going “Meow” at the same time).