Preparing Youth for 21st Century Careers

What we're excited about

Our Focus
Go to App Design & Development Competition

App Design & Development Competition

Students form teams within their high schools and build an app from scratch to compete against other schools. The teams are mentored by professional developers and designers and will pitch and demo their work to a panel of judges.

Go to Lessons, Workshops & Camps

Lessons, Workshops & Camps

We have programs for Design Thinking and Coding (either separately or integrated) at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

Go to Industry Partnership

Industry Partnership

We partner with industry professionals and local tech companies who give back to the community either through mentorships or sponsorships.

73% of all job growth in STEM between 2014 and 2024 will be in computer occupations (U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics)

What we do

Our Programs
Real world tools

Real world roles

Real world processes

We deliver the Game of Apps program.

Experienced professionals mentor students using the same design, coding, testing, social media and project management tools used by industry.

Students in teams take on various roles (such as Designer, Developer, Quality Assurance, Project Manager, Marketing Manager, Videographer and Social Media Manager) and perform their respective duties.

We follow the Design Thinking Process to expose students to ideation, empathy, wireframe prototypes, user experience and usability testing.

We follow the Agile Software Development Process to build the software iteratively, allowing for rapid feedback and quick adjustments to changing market conditions and developments.

We dispel the notion that App Development is just for geeks. Whether the student's strengths are in coding, or art, or marketing, or finance..., they can still play an important role.

We show students, teachers and parents that even though the jobs of the future may not yet be defined today, embracing technology and adopting a mindset of continuous creative learning is a key to success for 21st century careers.

  • The human touch: product design, customer requirements, user interaction, user experience, emotional connection

  • Making it work: analysis, breaking down the problem, software architecture, coding, logic, algorithms, iteration

  • It does what it's supposed to: testing, usability analysis, edge-case scenarios, robustness, performance

  • All the pieces are working together: planning, scheduling, contingencies, adjustments, reporting

Who We Are

Our Team

Kitty Chan

Designer Mentor / Director
Kitty leads the creative vision and branding at Procurify. Initially a graphic designer, she now focuses on UI/UX and believes that design should be a catalyst for conversation, inspiration, and storytelling through meaningful interactions.

Justin Lim

Designer Mentor / Director
Justin is a product designer at a communication technology startup. He enjoys working on the entire product development cycle; from process, ideation to development.

Carly Orr

Advisor
Carly loves seeing students succeed and get excited about technology. She is an instructor in the School of Computing at BCIT, and has previously worked as a teacher in K-12 and as a computer engineer in the industry.

Roland Tecson

Developer Mentor / Director
Roland is a software developer and executive with 25+ years experience in the technology industry, having developed and deployed numerous mobile apps and network systems.

Grace Tsang

Director
Grace was a 3-term Richmond School Trustee and is currently president of the Richmond Sunset Rotary Club. Grace has volunteered with Rick Hansen Wheel In Motion, BCIT Alumni Association, Mt. St. Joseph Hospital Foundation, and the Richmond Youth Concert Band.

David Tsui

Director
David is a Trade Commissioner with Global Affairs Canada focused on clean technology. He spent a decade supporting the Tech ecosystem in Vancouver and understands firsthand the importance of helping the next generation develop digital literacy – including his own three kids!

Adrian van der Est

Developer Mentor / Director
Adrian is a Software Developer in Test at Ping Identity where he builds tools and automated tests to ensure the quality of large-scale SaaS security products.

Cynthia Zhou

Advisor
Dr. Cynthia Zhou has a PhD from UBC in Computer and Electrical Engineering and is a Professional Engineer (P.Eng) by APEGBC. She lives and volunteers in Richmond.

What Others Say

Our Testimonials

BC's Tech Sector: workers earn 75% higher than the average worker, leads the country in job growth, and employs more people than mining, oil and gas, and forestry combined (BC Stats, Profile of the BC High Tech Sector, Jan 2017)

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