At the LSE Summer School, we encourage you to diversify how and what you learn by offering extracurricular learning activities to motivate and inspire you.
In 2018, we invited our Summer School students on app building workshops led by the London App Brewery. The purpose of these workshops was to teach students the elementary features of coding, prototyping and digital design. Workshops like these are designed to help you inject some creativity into the approach you take to your studies, complementing what you learn in the classroom and connecting you to all the professional development opportunities London has to offer.
“This workshop really demonstrated some viable methods to get started in programming, as well as highlighting the accessibility of app design and creation! I found it really useful!” Student Feedback, 2018
The London App Brewery was co-founded by LSE graduate Philipp Muellauer and his colleague Angela Yu. Philipp graduated with a BSc in Geography with Economics and went on to work in investment. He founded the company after trying to find ways that he could automate parts of his job, which is when he discovered the creative potential of programming. Since then, he has been helping make app coding accessible through the London App Brewery’s online and in-person courses.
“With this tool at my disposal, I could create anything right out of my bedroom. With apps in particular, you can send your creations out into the world and have them run on the most personal device any of us own: our mobile phones.” Philipp Muellauer, CFA London App Brewery
In two hours, students were guided through the basics of how to create their own app. The session kicked off with a seminar covering core topics, such as typography and colour theory, which underpins professional web and mobile design. Philipp and Angela then went on to underline the importance of user experience and interface design. At the end of the session, students applied what they had learnt in a hands-on workshop, where they planned out user flows and created wireframes for a mobile app. The final result was a working prototype, which could be the launching pad for personal projects, a new hobby or even a start-up.
At the end of the session, each student received a code to access online app design course follow up material. This included 3 hours of video content, access to a discussion forum and extra guidance from the instructors.
“The instructors were clear and engaging during the seminar. They were also helpful and interactive during the workshop. This was a very good introductory course to app design, with helpful resources provided for us to learn more after the session.” Student Feedback, 2018
At LSE, we are looking to enhance your learning opportunities as much as possible. This session is exemplary of the variety of tools we offer so that you may broaden your skillset, providing you with everything you need to take your future success into your own hands.
“The student experience at LSE is quite special in that it provides students with windows into a range of possible futures. While finance, law, and management consulting were popular career paths indeed, LSE's entrepreneurship-focused societies, student dragon's den competitions, and frequent talks by LSE alumni-turned-entrepreneurs seeded the idea that one day I too would like to have my own company.” Philipp Muellauer, CFA London App Brewery