Students develop smartphone apps at Camp Blackbaud

Staff Report
Published Feb. 25, 2014

Twenty local students recently learned how to create a scavenger hunt application that can be used on smartphones and mobile devices.

Students from four Charleston Promise Neighborhood schools teamed up with Blackbaud software engineers for two days to learn science, technology, engineering and math principles at Camp Blackbaud.

The software engineers guided students through the process of developing software in a hands-on experience. Students learned product management, user experience and design, software engineering and quality assurance.

The students and Blackbaud mentors worked at Blackbaud’s headquarters and at the schools to create the app.

“Camp Blackbaud inspires young minds to consider future possibilities that are beyond their neighborhood. Students can visualize working in a state-of-the-art environment, have access to innovative technology and network with engineers,” according to a news release.

Blackbaud and Charleston Promise Neighborhood started Camp Blackbaud in spring.

Charleston Promise Neighborhood is a nonprofit organization that works with Charleston County School District and other community partners to improve students’ lives within “The Neck” neighborhood, which straddles parts of Charleston and North Charleston.

Blackbaud provides software and services for nonprofits, serving more than 29,000 customers in over 60 countries. Its stock is traded on the Nasdaq under symbol BLKB.

“By using their professional skills and talents to bring STEM to life, our camp counselors work with their campers to create a scavenger hunt app and show them the different types of work they can do once they finish their education,” Blackbaud’s Community Relations and Philanthropy team member Sally Ehrenfried said in a statement.

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