On September 18, 2021, UX Philippines hosted an event in collaboration with the founder of No Code Philippines, Crystal Camarao, and Complab’s Co-founder Daniel Galang. During the workshop, Crystal and Daniel presented how non-technical users can build an app using Adalo.
Adalo is a no-code platform that aims to enable anyone to build an app and establish their business, project, or grow their hobby. Empowering makers to bring their ideas to life was inspired by the fact that only 0.3% of people can code today. That is a seriously minuscule figure considering the digitalized era we live in today and the technology necessary for organizations to remain competitive.
Crystal started by introducing why no-code and low-code platforms are vital tools for our future. “Now let me start by asking you,” began Crystal, “to use your imagination for a second.” To paint a clearer picture of the statistics from Adalo, she compared it to an imaginary world where only 1 out of 333 people can write. In that world, progress, creativity, innovation, and potential are all severely limited.
Back to the reality of the present world, this is one picture of those who can write code. Code is essentially the foundation of software where more people, communities, and organizations are increasingly becoming dependent upon. Traditionally, developing software translated to hours of writing code and significant use of resources. Simply put, hiring anyone from the 0.3% of coders is not cheap!
No-code and low-code platforms are also potential disruptors of modern-day software development. In its simplest form, no-code means software development without writing a single line of code. All the code is generated through visual methods so users can simply add text, components, and design. In other words, it is similar to creating a Powerpoint or Keynote presentation – just drag and drop!
On the other hand, low-code is development work with minimal coding. Low-code platforms are primarily for developers or more technically-equipped founders who do not have hours to spend writing traditional code.
The first reason why we should care about no code and low code today is that they make development accessible to everyone. Anyone in the world with access to a device and the internet can make any idea into a mobile app, website, or another form of automation.
Secondly, development is accomplished much faster. Hours of coding turn into minutes of drag-and-drop. In the same manner, months of building a business website or app turn into weeks of component integration and launching.
Lastly, development becomes more affordable compared to seeking and hiring rare designers, coders, and other experts. Yes, the capital still has to be raised considering the work behind these platforms, but founders can pay more affordable pricing plans compared to the salary rate of an entire tech department.
Afterward, Daniel demonstrated the application side of Crystal’s teachings. “Before you move to traditional coding…you might consider validating your idea using low code or no code,” he explained. Using Adalo, Daniel built a recipe creation mobile app in less than an hour!
The test app he created, “Goodie Foodie,” was an MVP or a minimum viable product. According to Technopedia, an MPV is a development technique in project management and software development where a new product or website is developed with sufficient features to satisfy early adopters. This is different from a prototype, which typically focuses on design rather than functionality. The final, complete set of features is only designed and developed after considering feedback from the product’s initial users.
The partnership between UXPH, No Code Philippines, and Complab is to increase the visibility of no-code and low code for Filipino founders. Through workshops, events, and other community collaborations, we aim to empower the local community with affordable, digital solutions.
Crystal Camarao is a No-code/Low-code Engineer for Founder + Lightning. She is also the founder of Estel, a studio that makes (mostly) no-code websites and apps for various clients worldwide. Her side projects include No-code PH, a community for no-coders in the Philippines.
Daniel Galang is the CTO and Co-founder of Complab. He’s a tech enthusiast and an advocate of innovation. He started his career as a mobile developer which paved the way for opportunities to build apps for start-up companies across the globe. Now his mission is to help founders and no-coders to build their dream apps with Adalo.
UXPH (User Experience Philippines) is a Filipino non-profit organization that hosts the largest network of design professionals, enthusiasts, and students in the Philippines. Since 2012, we have been building towards a more mature, collaborative, and design-driven country through hosting online and offline community initiatives, conferences, and programs within local design and technology communities.