BuildUp: App Polish - Wednesday, August 22

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150 Elgin Street

Gloucester Street Entrance, 8th Floor

Ottawa, ON K2P 1L4


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Build Things, Show Shopify

Strengthen your mobile skills and build the app you always wanted

Shopify is opening its doors to mobile software developers in the Ottawa area for "Build Things, Show Shopify", an event series where developers can get mobile app guidance from Shopify mentors.

The first phase, BuildUp, includes five events to help you take your app from ideation to launch. In the second phase you can submit your mobile app to the ShowUp showcase.

Throughout the five BuildUp sessions, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Get advice as you build a new mobile app.

  • Get feedback on an app in development.

  • Network and troubleshoot with fellow developers including Shopify’s own product managers, developers, UX and UI designers.

The ShowUp showcase is a community building initiative where you can show Shopify developers the work you accomplished and the mobile app you built.

Important Dates!

Build Things, Show Shopify Sessions

All sessions will take place at Shopify HQ from 7:00pm - 9:00pm on the following dates:

BuildUp: App Ideation - Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Meet Shopify’s mobile product managers and developers to get help with an idea for your app that will solve a need, issue or problem.

BuildUp: App Architecture - Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Get your app structured. Shopify’s UX designers and developers will help you to lay out the architecture of your app.

BuildUp: App Development 1.0 - Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Develop your app. During this session, Shopify’s mobile developers will help you with everything related to coding.

BuildUp: App Development 2.0 - Thursday, July 19, 2018

After a few months under your belt, you will have a chance to share some of your code in small facilitated groups and get live feedback from your peers and a Shopify developer.

BuildUp: App Polish - Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Is your app almost done but you're looking to add a few tweaks and finishing touches? You won't want to miss this session. Shopify's designers will help you bring your app to the next level.

App Submission

Following the BuildUp sessions, if you are interested in submitting your app for the ShowUp showcase, submissions will open on Friday, August 31, 2018 and close on Sunday, September 9, 2018. More details on the submission process will be posted closer to the submission date. Please read our eligibility guidelines.

ShowUp Showcase

The ShowUp showcase will take place Thursday, September 27, 2018 in the evening. Only submitted apps who meet the eligibility guidelines will be invited to the showcase.

ShowUp Showcase Eligibility Guidelines

  1. You must attend at least one BuildUp session to be eligible to submit your app for the ShowUp showcase.

  2. You must submit your app between August 22 - Sept 9, 2018 through the provided link (to be provided closer to the submission date).

  3. You can submit your app as an individual, as a pair or as a group of 3.

  4. The submitted app needs to be built by you.

  5. Your submitted app needs to:

  • Be complete and bug free.

  • Solve a need, an issue or problem.

  • Be built on the Android or iOS platform.

  • Be natively built (React Native is okay too).

Please note that:

  • We care more about technical implementation than about business ideas.

  • You own your intellectual property.


I have never built an app - is this event for me?

You need to know how to code, however you don’t need to have a lot of experience in mobile development. Some previous experience in software development will come in handy. Build Things, Show Shopify is an educational initiative that wants to support you in your journey of learning by doing.

Do you teach coding in the BuildUp sessions?

No, we don’t teach coding in the BuildUp sessions, but our mentors are there to help you overcome challenges and improve your app.

Can I build the app with a friend?

Yes, you can work in pairs or by yourself. Whichever you prefer!

I won’t be able to make all the BuildUp sessions, can I still submit my app to the ShowUp showcase?

No problem. You don’t need to attend all of the BuildUp sessions in order to submit your app, however, you must come to at least one in order to be eligible. Please check our eligibility guidelines.

I once started an app but I never finished it - can I continue working on it at the BuildUp sessions?

Absolutely. If you have already started an app but you didn’t finish it, now is the time! Use Do Things, Show Shopify as the motivation you need to complete your app.

How much does this cost?

This initiative is free!

Can I just show up to the BuildUp sessions?

No, you need to register for each BuildUp session individually through Eventbrite.

Can I bring a friend?

Yes, but your friends need to register through Eventbrite too.

Is this about building Android or iOS apps?

You can build on the Android or iOS platform. Your app should be natively built (React Native is okay too).

Do I have to submit my app to the ShowUp showcase?

No, you can just participate in the BuildUp phase of the initiative. The ShowUp showcase is just for those who are eligible and want to showcase their work.

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