SF Mobilebridge: pilot Android Development Workshop

Teacher Training

Sat 8/1/2015
Start time: 2:00 pm PDT
End time: 5:00 pm PDT


Fri 8/7/2015
Start time: 6:00 pm PDT
End time: 8:00 pm PDT


Sat 8/8/2015
Start time: 9:30 am PDT
End time: 5:00 pm PDT


This workshop will cover how to make an Android application.

Click here for more information about class levels in this course!

The mission of MobileBridge is to diversify the mobile development community because we believe that the people making technology should reflect the diversity of those using it.

If you want, you may bring a +1 who is not a member of any under-represented-in-tech group.

‘Under-represented’ is a kind of vague term, so here are just a few of the groups we would love to see exploring mobile development with us!

- If you are African-American
- If you are Latino/a
- If you are Native American
- If you are LGBTQIA
- If you identify as a woman

This workshop will introduce you to Android app development -- the architecture of mobile applications in general and Android applications in particular, Java, XML, and Android Studio (the integrated development environment, or IDE, most commonly used for Android app development).

Programmers of all skill levels, even total beginners, are welcome. We will have different classes separated by experience level.

You should bring along a laptop -- Linux, Mac, and Windows machines are all welcome! We'll meet up on Friday to install all of the software you need, and then spend Saturday learning and writing code.

Sometimes people ask if the Friday night InstallFest is mandatory, and yes, it is! It's a crucial part of the weekend, even if you've already gone through the instructions independently. The reason that we're able to get through the curriculum on Saturday is that every single student has had their development environment checked, so we're all working in the same versions.

One alternate option available for students is to complete this InstallFest checkout via email and have received a confirmation email that the checkout is complete. If this is done *before* the start of the InstallFest, this requirement will be considered complete. If you are interested in checkout via email, read the Installation Checkout via Email page.


Setup instructions


MobileBridge Android Curriculum


8/1 Teacher Training 2-5pm -- this session is only for instructors/TAs/volunteers, no students please
8/7 InstallFest 6-8pm
8/8 Workshop 9:30am-5pm


The very kind people at Hearsay Social will be hosting this event (Teacher Training, InstallFest and Workshop).

The awesome folks at BridgeFoundry have provided advice, training, and supplemental funding for this pilot Android workshop.

Transportation and Parking

From the SF Caltrain and 4th & King Muni Stations, it is a 5-minute walk to the Hearsay Social offices.

There is no indoor biking parking at this workshop.

There are lots of nearby options for car parking.

* * *For Teacher Training, remember that BART isn't running from the East Bay to SF on Sat 8/1.* * *

Food and Drinks

At the workshop, we will provide breakfast and lunch, with vegetarian options.


A supervised play area will be provided if requested in advance (you'll have an opportunity to do so when you RSVP). You will need to bring any food, drink, toys, supplies, etc you need for your child(ren).

Additionally, there can be private space set aside for nursing or pumping if needed. Email us at [email protected] to let us know.


Everyone's invited to have a drink together on Saturday after the workshop is done. Location TBD.

Keep Learning After the Workshop

No need to wait until after the workshop to check out these resources:


...but here are some great Android events coming up

- Wed 8/12, 8/26 (Oakland) - Women Who Code East Bay Android Study Group
- Thu 8/11 (SF) - Learning Android Development meetup "Android Speech Recognition APIs" (hands-on)
- Mon 8/17 (SF) - Women Who Code SF Mobile Study Group: iOS & Android
- Wed 8/19 (SF) - Mobile Growth Hackers Panel: Mobile Growth Best Practices
- Tue 8/25 (SF) - SF Android User Group Live "Ask Me Anything" with Dan Bornstein, creator of Dalvik *
- Wed 8/26 (SF) - MobileBridge post-Android-workshop hack night @ Dev Bootcamp (633 Folsom St)
- Thu 8/27 (Berkeley) - Women Who Code East Bay Android Study Group
- Tue 9/1 (Palo Alto) - SV Mobile Dev & Design 'Apple Watch & Android Material Design Double Header'

* Dalvik is the VM for Android version 4.4 "KitKat" and earlier -- Android Runtime (ART) has since replaced Dalvik

14 volunteers!

24 students!

26 waitlisted students!