Day of Code

An  Everyone Can Code event for Chicago public school students.

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About the Event

In partnership with Chicago Public Schools, two local Chicago high schools, Lakeview and Michele Clark were invited to an event focused on giving students a better understanding of the development lifecycle for native iOS apps. Students learned about the many cross-functional roles that go into building and maintaining apps and how each execute in their given specialties.

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The event covered the basics of: Swift, Xcode, product road-mapping, app architecture, prototyping, testing and requirement gathering with business stakeholders.

My involvement in the event manifested in many different ways — from defining the event schedule with the Ulta Beauty leadership team to assisting our HR partners in creating “swag bags”. One of my favorite parts was working with our iOS lead, Nicholas Eby, to create an app the students could use to get details about the event, such as: location map, event schedule and speaker bio's.

Another favorite moment was being able to speak at the event. I was able to share with the students information on topics such as: design tools, design systems & documentation, prototyping, testing and design thinking. It was great to see the students respond to the different roles that go into making a native app and many thought that it was an industry reserved only for developers.

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