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Intro to Mobile App Building

This is a 2 part class taking place on Saturday, July 11th and Sunday, July 12th from 10:00AM - 2:30PM each day with a break for lunch. 

Mobile apps are everywhere in our personal lives, and now in many businesses, too. We use them everyday, but making them may seem daunting. Join us in this class, where we will demystify mobile app development by building a simple enterprise business app without writing any code.

Using visual app-building tools on the Salesforce1 Platform, you will point, click, drag & drop your way to creating cloud database tables, mobile user interfaces, and simple business logic. Your sample app will run in a web browser and on a mobile device.

In this class, we'll give an overview of mobile app development and you will spend most of your time hands-on, learning the major concepts. Note that drag & drop app building is an approach that's common in many platforms, but we'll build on the Salesforce1 Platform for this class.

The Salesforce1 Platform is used by small, medium, and enterprise customers to run their business. In addition to the standard Sales, Service, and Marketing applications, customers build all kinds of custom business applications on the Salesforce1 Platform, from Recruiting to Inspections to Volunteer Management. More app examples here.

Also, Salesforce skills are in high demand. Last year alone, 300,000+ jobs requiring Salesforce skills were created and Salesforce was listed as one of the fasted growing tech skills by

We will be using Trailhead for the class exercises. Before coming to class, please familiarize yourself with this site. If you still have questions, we will be happy to answer them in class as we start the exercises.

What this class will cover:

• What is mobile app development?

• How can drag & drop tools make app building faster and easier?

• Lots of hands-on to build a real, working app that is yours to keep

• Resources for future self-guided learning online


Students should be fairly familiar with using internet and mobile applications and Googling for answers to all of life’s questions. You do not need any prior Salesforce experience.

Tech Requirements: 
Please bring a laptop, not an iPad/tablet. The visual development tools only run on a modern browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer 9 or later).

About the teacher:

Mary Scotton (@rockchick322004) has over 20 years of experience in enterprise software and loves the ease of development in the cloud. As one of the early members of the Platform Product Management team at Salesforce, Mary designed the core “point & click” tools that make customization and app building accessible to non-programmers. She holds several patents for those designs. These days, she spends her time educating, enabling, and having fun with the awesome Salesforce Admin and Developer community. She is focused on raising the visibility of underrepresented people in tech, and encourages hard conversations and radical inclusivity.

About Salesforce:

Salesforce, the Customer Success Platform and world's #1 Customer Relationship Management (CRM), empowers companies to connect with their customers in a whole new way. For more information about Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), visit:

Check out the local Salesforce developer group: Philly Force  and join the user group, Philadelphia Salesforce User Group to continuing learning more.

Unemployed or in financial distress and interested in taking this class? Apply for a scholarship.

All attendees are expected to abide by the Girl Develop It Code of Conduct.  

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  • Mary S.

    Happy New Year, Mobile App Building Mavens!
    I'm plotting more classes for 2016, and wondering if anyone has a story to share about their experience post-class. Has anyone explored mobile app building or Salesforce further? Did this class spark any career changes or new jobs or new adventures? Please share with me so that I can inspire the next class! Thanks!

    2 · February 11, 2016

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Mary, I got really sick last night and im still feeling pretty awful today. I'm bummed that I can't make it. I'll work through the exercises on my own at home. Good luck coding Goddesses!

    July 12, 2015

    • Mary S.

      Hope you are feeling better! I just posted the links to yesterday's slides, and there are Resource links in the project that cover the topics we covered in class, too. Please let me know if you have any questions, and keep on learning! :-)

      July 13, 2015

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Mary! Yes I am. All the best, R

      July 13, 2015

  • Mary S.

    Hello Awesome Goddesses!

    Huge thanks to everyone who joined us on Sunday. Once again, your energy is what made this class awesome! I heard many folks say this experience has unlocked potential and they are eager to explore more technology classes and new careers. To me, that's a big win! :-)

    This was the first GDI-Salesforce collaboration, so I hope that everyone (even if you couldn't make it on Sunday) will fill out this survey and let us know what worked and what we can improve:

    If you are interested in more tech classes, check out the upcoming GDI schedule:

    1 · July 13, 2015

  • Mary S.

    Hello Mobile App Builders!

    What a fun day - thank you all for your participation and energy! I loved how you worked together, tackling each exercise like the goddesses you are!

    We noticed that using one/ for the mobile app view meant a lot of tab switching. If you want to use your phone tomorrow, download the free Salesforce1 app from the Apple AppStore or Google Play.

    Today's slides:



    1. Google “drag and drop mobile app builder” and explore at least one.
    2. Learn about Chatter: Create a group & invite someone to join!

    I can't wait to see you all again tomorrow! We are planning to have coffee & pizza again.

    See you tomorrow,
    -- Mary and the GDI Philly team

    July 11, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    Im outside 1127 but no one answered And it's locked please someone help![masked]

    July 11, 2015

    • A former member
      A former member

      That's what I meant. Typo. Can someone please call me I'm lost. I don't see this place anywhere. I'm at the corner of 4th where that trios pizza place is

      July 11, 2015

    • Celia (Sucheski) A.

      Hi Rachel! I'm at the front door, sounds like you are on the phone with Jennifer now but I'll wait here for you

      July 11, 2015

  • Mary S.

    Hello New Friends!

    Our Intro to Mobile App Building class is coming up tomorrow!

    You won't need any equipment for this class outside of your laptop. So, make sure you don't forget your laptop!

    To save time in class, please get a free Salesforce Developer Edition org before we meet. Go to and click Sign Up. Fill in the required info, setting the user name to <yourname>


    Street parking is available nearby although you should watch out for the 2-hr parking signs. Find a spot on Thompson St if you can. Impact Hub is accessible by the Market/Frankford line (exit at the Girard stop and then walk over) or the 57 bus.

    July 10, 2015

    • Mary S.


      Be sure to bring anything you'd like to eat/drink with you to class.

      We will have coffee in the morning, so you can skip the coffee shop and make sure you are settled in and ready to learn by 9:55am. We will start promptly at 10am.

      We will be taking a 30 lunch break, and on Saturday we're lucky and the Hub is hosting a Grill & Chill event that we are invited to take part in (read: free lunch and more cool people to meet).

      I'm excited to meet you all and talk Mobile App Building and Salesforce! Feel free to email me if you have any questions or concerns before the class.

      -- Mary and the GDI Philly team

      1 · July 10, 2015

  • Christian B.

    Excited to help out this Sunday! Please feel free to let me know how I can help you during the Sunday session.

    1 · July 10, 2015

  • Jayvin A.

    Super siked to be a TA for the class this weekend!

    2 · July 9, 2015

  • akire

    i would like to enroll in this class but i have work on sunday. what can you suggest i can do?

    July 7, 2015

    • Mary S.

      That's a bummer. If you still want to join us Saturday, I can send you the slides for Sunday and you'll have access to the hands on exercises in Trailhead. I'm also happy to answer Qs over email.

      July 8, 2015

  • Di'

    Will there be a certificate of enrollment or completion?

    1 · July 3, 2015

    • Niki F.

      I guess I am wondering if I can learn this without needing a guided class through the exercises? Sorry, just a little confused.

      July 7, 2015

    • Mary S.

      Hi Niki, The Trailhead online learning tool is meant to be a self-guided, at your own pace way to learn all things Salesforce Platform. The "Trails" guide you through the various topics needed for specific roles, and I definitely recommend digging into those after class, because there is much more to learn than we can cover in 8 hours. In the GDI class, we are using the "Project" part of Trailhead for the hands on exercises. Projects are a little different because they don't give background on the topics, just the steps for the exercise. I will be teaching each topic before we jump into the hands on, so class will be approx half me presenting and half hands on. Does that help?

      1 · July 7, 2015

  • Barb W.

    Looking forward to this event. Will lunch be on our own, or is it included?

    July 1, 2015

    • Barb W.

      Do we need laptops? I did not see anything about needing them.

      July 2, 2015

    • Mary S.

      Good question! Yes, you will need to bring a laptop. I'll update the post to include that. Thanks!

      July 2, 2015

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