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Build your own app this summer!

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Update on Summer 2020:

As you are aware, the current global crisis has presented some unique challenges. It has particularly affected the education system.  Due to this, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s ISE Coding Garage program.   While we have considered attempting to transition the program to a virtual event, the ongoing uncertainties regarding travel and social distancing requirements add too much complexity to the effort to make it a viable endeavor at this time.

We are extremely proud of the legacy of the ISE Coding Garage.   We will reconsider the resumption of this initiative in 2021 as events warrant.

Thank you for your understanding in these trying times!

The ISE Coding Garage is a FREE summer program for high school students interested in learning more about software engineering and developing their own apps. The ISE Coding Garage is sponsored by Trimble Iowa, the University of Iowa Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and the Iowa City Area Development (ICAD) group.

Students meet once a week for one hour to enhance their development skills and design their own apps. Trimble Iowa interns and other experienced Trimble Iowa programmers will be available to answer participants’ questions and provide feedback during the process. Food and drinks are also provided to the students during each session.

At the end of the program, students will present their app idea to friends, family, and a panel of judges for a shot at winning cash for their newly created innovation!

What’s New for 2019?

This summer participants may follow one of two paths depending on their level of experience and desire to learn more:

  • The Introductory level is for students with some coding experience, either through a high school class, robotics, or learning on their own.  At the end of the summer, they will have created their first mobile app using basic technologies and concepts.
  • The Advanced level is for students who have created a mobile app, are comfortable with Java programming, or have a desire to develop a deeper skill set.  They will explore more advanced topics such as integrating an app with cloud services, persisting mobile data with database storage, and using modern Android architecture components – and be eligible for more prize money.

You don’t need to decide right way.  During the program you can determine if you want to pursue advanced topics and which ones you want to learn more about.  It’s all up to you!

Information on the Final Presentations

As the 2019 summer session comes to a close, the mobile app creations will be presented for a chance at winning $850 in awards. Family, friends, and anyone that is interested is welcome to attend.

  • When:
    • Tuesday, August 6th
    • Introductory Level and Awards @ 3:00pm
    • Advanced Level and Awards @ 5:00pm
  • When:
    • U of I BioVentures Center
    • 2500 Crosspark Rd
    • Coralville, IA 52241
  • Refreshments will be provided between sessions
  • Invitation: 2019 ISE Coding Garage Apps Presentation Invite

Ready to Participate?

Think you might be interested in joining the ISE Coding Garage this summer? Click the button below to sign up. Deadline to register is Wednesday, June 5th.


Coding Garage Schedule 2019 (9 Weeks)

Dates: June 11 – August 6 (Tuesdays)

Weeks 1-4 – Download the Android SDK and follow the self-guided lessons.
Weeks 5-8 – Write your app.
Week 9 – Present app to a panel of judges.

Sessions held on Tuesday nights from 5pm – 6pm

Location: U of I BioVentures Center
2500 Crosspark Rd
Coralville, IA 52241


  • Be a self-driven individual attending a local high school or homeschool
  • Have a basic level of coding experience, either through a high school class, robotics, or self-learning
  • Have a laptop to use for the summer
  • Have an Android Phone (note: we have a few available for loan on a first come, first serve basis)
  • Must be available to attend at least 6 of the 8 sessions
  • Must be present for the final presentation (August 6th) to be eligible for prizes


Introductory Advanced
1st Place = $150 1st Place = $300
2nd Place = $100 2nd Place = $175
3rd Place = $50 3rd Place = $75

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