Friday, December 13, 2013

The lightbulb finally goes off

After Mr. Provenzano's speech to our class about the presentations, a lightbulb clicked on in my head. I decided that I am going to focus more on the coding aspect and not really the app. Although it would be very cool to make an app by myself, I think that is going to be a goal for a later time. It is more important for me to learn how to code because it is a tool that everyone should have in the 21st century. Coding has already become part of the curriculum in many different elementary schools and middle schools. Yet, there aren't any coding classes in Grosse Pointe. Coding is becoming the skill to have in order to succeed and in 10 years from now it is going to be a staple in every college application and a high school credit requirement. 

My goal for this project is not only to learn how to code but also show Grosse Pointe in my presentation how valuable this skill is. Coding should be built into every elementary school curriculum around the country. This will prepare children for the real world and help them succeed. Since It is growing so fast, it is better that the schools in GP start now rather than later and get ahead of the trend. Coding is a great skill to have and it can help you in other areas also. Not only is it useful, but it also stands out on a recommendation for college (not for long!). 

As for now I am just going to continue on...

Friday, December 6, 2013

Keep on keeping on

This week was pretty uneventful, I pretty much just kept on using the apps to learn how to code and get better. I used code academy and the CSS app. I still haven't found a coding meet up but I really want to find one. I was looking at CCS in Detroit to see if they had any type of coding classes or programming classes and I can't find one. I also have yet to figure out who the programming teacher here at South is. 

For the next couple of weeks I am just going to focus on learning how to code and gradually getting better. I am going to mainly use CodeAcademy because I think it is the most effective. Lightbot isn't really helping me because it is just moving the robot and not really teaching me how to code. I don't think it's practical for actually teaching me how to create an app. This is going to be a long process, but hopefully it will be successful. 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Learning Process

Over break, I did a little work on my project. Pretty much I just continued using the apps to learn how to code. I am getting better at it, but I still need a lot more experience until I am ready to create the app. I a shooting for March to start actually using the coding skills I have learned to start building the app and hopefully have it completed when it comes time for the presentations. I want to talk to the programming and computer skills teacher here at South to see if he or she would be able to help mentor me during the course of this project. I think that will help me learn how to code quicker and give me someone to seek for guidance when I get stuck.

Regarding the coding meet ups/classes that I discussed last week, I am still looking at the meet up at the Atomic House. That seems to be one of the only coding classes I can find.There is one on CSS on December 7 which is next Saturday. I might go to this one, but I really want to find one that is closer and a little bit  more organized (mainly because the one at the Atomic House seems a little sketchy). For now I will keep looking for a class and continue learning how to code.

Code on!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Slow and steady wins the race

This week I focused on learning CSS or cascading style sheets which I talked about in my last blog. Slowly I am becoming more familiar with it. I am getting to know how to create different styles and have used my Evernote notebook to copy down notes from the CSS app. I have also been researching different coding classes around the area. I found one in Detroit at the Atomic House and it is a CSS class so it could teach me a little more about the program so I am not just teaching myself. I also found a Hack School in New York City, it is a 3 month program that teaches you the basics of coding and would really help me learn. But, I don't even know if I would do that and it would have to be in the summer. Along with that I assumed that CCS in Detroit would have some sort of programming class or coding class but I have yet to find one. I am going to keep looking because I think I need a more hands-on learning experience so I can speed up the learning process.

I am still using CodeAcademy to learn different programming techniques to learn specifically how to create an app rather than the CSS would eventually lead me to creating an app. So far, this project has taught me just how hard it is to learn how to code and how much work it is going to take. But I am determined to ATLEAST learn how to code and hopefully create a successful app in the end (and hopefully be chosen to speak at the TED conference). I really hope this works out, but I know that it will take a lot of time and effort to do that.

Friday, November 15, 2013

On the path to hacking over the world

I am on my way to becoming a professional hacker. Well  maybe not a professional, but I have learned a little on coding. I downloaded several apps, including Hopscotch which is a programming app for kids along with Lightbot which is a game that incorporates programming into it, so while playing you are learning how to code too. I also downloaded an app that teaches me how to use CSS which is a programming system for creating websites. Once I get more familiar with Hopscotch, I am going to move on to CSS so hopefully I can learn more on how to create a website and then an app.

Right now I am also using CodeAcademy to learn more on coding along with Hopscotch. I tried learning Rubix which is a moderate program to learn, but it can help create websites and apps. It's a pretty basic program that lets you do more with websites and provides a foundation. I used it last weekend and it took me a little to get the hang of it, but I am slowly learning the ropes. I am going to work on it this weekend too, so I can become good at it and eventually create an app. 

Code on! (lol)

Friday, November 8, 2013

Back on track

I am back on track with my app idea. I have decided I am going to learn how to code an app. This will be the beginning step in creating an app. Once I learn how to code I will start by creating a simple app. After that then I will start thinking about the Did I wear that app. During this time I will also be learning what it takes to create the final app and how much It will cost. I will still be meeting with app developing companies later in the year.

This week I literally had no time whatsoever to work on the app. But over the weekend and during next week I am hoping to find a program that will help me to learn how to code. Also gymnastics started last week and that will really limit the time I can work on it during the week. This means that most of my project will have to be done over the weekend. I found a program called "code academy", it looks really  easy to learn. I am going to create an account this weekend so I can begin coding. 

Code on!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Spiraling out of control

This project is slowly going downhill. Actually more like it went off a steep cliff. I don't know what to do now and I think that this project is not realistic. I don't think I would be able to raise enough money to create it and I want to do something that I am more involved in. I am thinking about switching to a project where I create all natural body scrubs, lotions, and lip balms. I would make these at home and sell them at Eastern Market and other local markets around town. I would also create an Etsy to sell them on so I could branch out more.

By the end of the year, I hope to have sold 200 of my products at least. I also hope to try and get the products into stores, but I don't know how long that would take. I am going to start experimenting with some different formulas/recipes for the products this week. I will also start thinking of names to call the line and create some designs for the bottles. I also have to see where I can find bottles to put the lotions and other body products in. Hopefully this will be more successful than the app.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Busy, busy

This week I have been extremely busy with school, Tower and sports because of this I haven't had much time to work on the app. Although I haven't had much time to work on it I did research some app developing companies and found one called MichiganLabs. They have created apps for different banks and they look like they would be a good choice. Yet I am still looking for other companies so then I can get a variety of quotes for how much it would cost.

I also think it would be more realistic to move my goal for finding a developer back to Christmas. This gives me more time to find investors and gather the money and also I can go more in depth with my search for a developer. I will also be starting to sketch out designs for the app. 

Friday, October 18, 2013

The blueprints

I've been researching a way to fund my project and discovered  a method called "Crowd sourcing". Crowd sourcing is where you get a handful of investors to incvest in your idea with a small amount of money anywhere from $10-$500. But if the idea doesn't work out then you don't have to pay them back because they were taking the risk by investing in it. This will help me get enough money to hire a developer and cover the costs of the app. Also I am going to meet with different app developers to get a quote on how much it will cost to produce the app. Once I get a quote I can find out how much money I will need to earn from crowd sourcing.

Throughout next week I will be looking for developers that are wiling to help me create the app. I hope to meet with them and several other companies in the weeks to come. Hopefully by the end of November I will find a company and will have began crowd sourcing. Also, I am going to contact Hannah's aunt to talk to her about the process she went through creating her app. My dad also agreed to help me with crowd sourcing and will be essentially another mentor to me. 

Right now I am also sketching some designs for the layout of the app. I am going to have to find a designer along with a developer. That will add to my costs but hopefully the developer will have designers that they worked with so it will be fairly easy to find one. 

The only thing I am worried about is getting the money to crowd source. I just hope that I can find enough investors to pay for the costs of the app. Here is a link that explains crowd sourcing more in depth:

Friday, October 11, 2013

An intricate process

This past week I have been researching the costs of creating an app and have discovered that it is very expensive and can cost up to $10,000. Also for the app I want to develop, it is much more intricate than a simple app. Because of this I might have to hire a developer in order to create it or find a developer that is willing to help me. I think I am going to start out by learning the steps to create a basic app while I am trying to find out the costs and who I can have help me besides my mentor.

This link is one of the things I found about the costs of developing an app. For now I am just going to start out by creating a simple app and then seeing if I can work up to the did I wear that? App. 

Friday, October 4, 2013


I finally narrowed down my ideas for my 20 time project to one and decided to create an app. Right now I am thinking of calling it "Did I wear that?". It will be an app where you take a picture of all of your clothing, under the categories shirts, sweaters, tank tops, pants, shorts and then you can choose what type of outfit you want to wear such as "tank top and shorts". The app will then randomly select a tank top and shorts. If you don't like it you can hit "shuffle" and it will find another combination. It will be essentially like a virtual closet. When you like a combination, you can click "wear this" and it will save in your calendar when you wore it in order to prevent you from outfit repeating.

I first got the idea when one morning I was unable to find anything that matched and that I haven't worn. I thought, " how great would it be to have an app where you could track when you wore things and find new outfits from your closet and create different combinations?". That is where the idea began. Also how cool would It be to learn how to create an app? Even though I suspect it will be very difficult I am excited to challenge myself and see if I can do it.  

I'm going to start by contacting a friend of my dad's who is very tech savvy and possibly Hannah's aunt who has experience creating an app.