Workshop — 1.5 Hours

Appathons: Student Created Web Apps Solving Real World Problems

Abre Appathons are hosted events where students, teachers, and the learning community define problems and develop their own apps as solutions.


Laura Bubnick
Laura BubnickDirector
Laura is the Director of Instructional Technology for North College Hill City Schools in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her areas of expertise include technology leadership, curriculum integration, distance learning, and professional development. She has served as a district-level technology coordinator, as well as an instructional technology consultant focusing on district-level LMS rollouts and deployment of Google Apps for Education and Microsoft Office 365.
Zach Vander Veen
Zach Vander VeenVP
Zach Vander Veen is the cofounder and VP of Instruction at Abre Inc. He’s worn many hats in education including History Teacher, Technology Coach, Administrator, and Director of Technology. He loves learning, teaching, traveling, and seeking adventures with his family.

Our Workshop!

What is Abre?

Abre is an education platform. It hosts education apps that provide solutions. Solutions such as Professional Learning, School Management, and Data Visualizations.

Think of Abre as an education operating system. It’s where school happens.

Abre is based on an open-source project. What does that mean? The open-source project provides source code for the Abre Hub that can be downloaded, modified, and used by anyone (like students or staff). By learning to code, anyone can develop their own Abre app. Creative ideas can shine.

Learn More About Abre

Abre was designed inside a school district to provide a learning experience involving trial and error, just-right challenges, and concrete outcomes. With a goal of collaboration and learning, we placed an open-source license on Abre. We invited others to join in the fun.

Philosophically, this fits with who we are. We’re an education software company (with roots in public education) dedicated to help students learn and teachers to teach. We believe in giving tools to improve learning and teaching. We believe in providing access to experiential learning opportunities.

As an education platform, we hold a distinct advantage: The Learning Community. Students, educators, parents, and community members all have ideas on solving problems in education. The benefit of Abre is that they now have an ecosystem to develop solutions.

We’ve structured Appathons to be accessible and flexible. You don’t need to know how to code or work through every chapter on this site. Our goal is to provide ingredients to an experience – enough of a framework to have success at learning, but open enough to take the appathons in a variety of directions.

Steps PNG


  • Understand basics of Abre Platform
  • Brainstorm and decide what app you will build
  • Interview other teams and get feedback
  • Wireframe and plan UI/UX for app
  • Explain and get feedback from colleagues
  • Learn about the Abre Coding Framework (briefly)
  • Present your app in a demo slam

Ready to Start?

We’ve broken up an Appathon into 5 parts. For this workshop, we’ll cover 3 parts and briefly review the other two.

Start with Brainstorming!