Thanks for this great feedback and for mentioning such important points.
First, yes, it will be free. I’m just interested in keep growing local Visual Programming community, for now.
Based on your reply, it seems I’m not for away for the initial part of the ‘Bootcamp’. My main concern, as you mentioned, is to keep people interested, so it is the reason cuz I was looking for new ideas.
Usually, I start explaining
- How I started five years ago, you know: the ‘Story Telling’ part.
- Then I begin with explaining briefly what is Visual Programming: why does exist, how you can being more efficient or make money out of it (Here is when they start to pay attention)
- Finally, I introduce Bubble and other similar tools (just to keep an open-impartial perspective). Here, I show how to build an app, using all elements in the editor.
In order to try to keep them ‘into it’:
a) I select a person that will be the one working on the on the room’s screen, and rotate this person with other one every 15-20 mins.
b) I try to come up with quite stupid business ideas, just to make fun out of what is perceived by many as boring topic (programming). Things like: “Shit Brokers” (Feces intermediaries), or “XXX Teddy Bears” (Plushies without clothes).
c) I try to encourage girls to attend because, for some reason, they are 3x faster picking up how to use Bubble. They also make more and smart questions, so they keep the class active. And… they also make guys pay much more attention to try to keep up the group’s pace
Now, as I said, my main issue will be to keep the dynamics of the group going on, while they’re building their apps right there. In all my previous experiences, I just got to finish the app, and that was it. This time, I want them to start building a prototype -and hopefully get it done- of their own idea.
So, I was thinking to maybe:
i) Walk around answering questions while they are working
ii) Let them work for 15 mins sprints, followed by short Q&A session, and then a mins break.
If possible, give me your thoughts about all these points, and if you have some other ideas, I’ll appreciate it!