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North Van Students Head to Provincial Championships for Game of Apps

May 15, 2019

​Students from North Vancouver and West Vancouver recently attended the Game of Apps Regional Championships at Carson Graham Secondary this past Saturday, May 11th. At the event, students were able to present their five-minute pitch presentations, highlighting the app they’ve built, explaining why they built it, and demoing their final product.

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Team Carson Graham attending the Game of Apps Regional Championships

Game of Apps is a program that guides secondary school students through the process of building mobile apps, all the way from concept and ideas to full functioning apps. Local technology professionals volunteer their time to mentor the students weekly, teaching them on the same tools, techniques and processes used by the industry. Students are then grouped into teams and they first come up with an app idea and then they build it.

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Outstanding Developer Award
Qintu Tao
Grade 12, Windsor Secondary
Outstanding Leadership Award
Ishaan Makhija
Grade 9, Carson Graham Secondary School

Students from across the North Vancouver School District and West Vancouver Schools are taking part in the 24-week program. Once the program is complete, students are able to take part in the app competition portion.

At the Regional Championships, all students received a certificate of recognition for completing the Game of Apps program.

(Pictured from left: MLA Bowinn Ma, Handsworth Secondary School Principal Rupi Samra-Gynane, and Associate Dean and Computer Science Faculty at Northeastern University, Bethany Edmunds)

The judges, including MLA Bowinn Ma, Associate Dean and Computer Science Faculty at Northeastern University, Bethany Edmunds, and Principal of Handsworth Secondary School, Rupi Samra-Gynane, had the opportunity for a 3-minute question period with each team.

The top teams received trophies and medals during the ceremony portion, followed by speeches from local representatives.

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Congratulations to the champions, Team Quay! (pictured)

Team Quay, comprised of students from Carson Graham Secondary School, Handsworth Secondary School (two students), Sentinel Secondary School, West Vancouver Secondary School, and Windsor Secondary School, were selected by judges as the North Shore Champions!

Team Quay will advance to the Provincial Championships, which take place on Saturday, May 25th at 9:00 am at the BCIT Downtown Campus. Winning team, Team Quay, designed an app called Minding the Maze, which is an iMessage game where players can challenge their friends to complete a maze.

Come support Team Quay and check out the other app presentations!

Congratulations to all of the students and teams that participated in this program.

Group photo of Game of Apps program participants, students, and judges