Workshop Information

Things to Know Before Hiring an App Developer

So you have an idea for a great app or website -- all you need is a developer and you’ll be on your way to claiming your fair share of the this billion dollar economy, right?

Hiring an app developer brings about unique challenges, compared to say, hiring say a bookkeeper or a copy writer. You already have some basic arithmetic skills and can balance a budget. You already know how to write and can ascertain how long a 300 word blog post should take to write. But what about when it comes to code? Is 100 hours the right amount of time for your project? 1000 hours? What is a fair amount to pay?

For many, developers are magicians that can pull apps out of the ether to function just like their imaginations envisioned. Through this workshop, you’ll understand that building great software is not much different than cooking delicious food. There are recipes for success, but the greatest challenges are overcome only with trial and error as well as improvisation that is backed by tons of experience.

This workshop will walk you through the process of a successful idea / inventor relationship and share some war stories of some of the pitfalls that can happen along the way.

Workshop Structure

Who should attend?

  • Are you serious about building your app idea?
  • Have you spent at least a month thinking about it?
  • Do you have a written description of what you are trying to build?
  • Are you willing to spend at least 50 hours to flesh out an idea.

What is the workshop like?

  • No more than 8 people per session
  • 1 hour of content customized to the attendees
  • 3 hours of hands on help as you build out your spec
  • Bring your laptop + pen and paper

What will I Achieve

  • Learn how to build a spec you can 'shop around' to developers
  • Understand roughly how long it would take to build your idea
  • Estimate a budget to build your idea
  • Determine what technologies to learn if you plan to DIY

Sample Topics Covered

  • App Development 101
  • App Hosting 101
  • Picking the right Programming Language and Database
  • Hands on Tools to Communicate Your Vision
  • How to Phrase Your Idea for Engineers
  • Understanding the different kinds of software developers
  • Budgeting for a prototype vs long term success
  • How to Make Sure You Launch
  • What to Expect After Launch
  • Scaling Up for Success
  • Learning about why deadlines are missed and how you can stay on schedule
  • Learn how to pick out a good developer vs a faker
  • How to Protect Yourself if the Relationship Fails


"Free" Workshops

Because the workshops are limited to just 8 people, I want to make sure everyone who attends is serious. The $10.00 fee is set to avoid no-shows. The money is used to provide meals and snacks during the workshop.

Workshops are held at WeWork Chinatown DC: (718 7th St NW)

  • Saturday, July 18 - 10 AM to 2 PM (Register)
  • Sunday, July 26 - 10 AM to 2 PM (Register)
  • Sunday, Aug 2 - 10 AM to 2 PM (Register)

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