Apps for Good is an acclaimed technology education programme that teaches young people how to build mobile and Facebook apps to solve real problems with the help of professional volunteers.
Delivered in primary, secondary and FE schools across the UK, Apps for Good enables young people to create imaginative mobile apps that could change their world – with support from talented tech professionals who volunteer their time and expertise. Students work in teams to identify the problems they want to tackle and determine how to solve them using mobile and Facebook apps.
Apps for Good provides schools with everything needed to run the course, including free teacher training, online resources and lesson plans, while professional volunteers including mobile developers, designers and digital entrepreneurs give advice and mentoring through events and online tools such as Skype.
By the end of the programme, students have practical experience of product development, design and marketing, as well as the opportunity to learn, practise and develop highly useful skills such as creative problem solving.
Launched in September 2010 at the Central Foundation Girls School in Tower Hamlets, following a successful pilot, by 2013 Apps for Good had grown to deliver its courses to more than 17,000 students in around 200 schools across the UK, with the help of more than 650 expert volunteers.
Stand-out apps created to date include Beat the Book, a mobile app designed by 13-year-old David from St Matthew Academy in Lewisham, which won a prize in the inaugural Apps for Good Awards in 2012. Inspired by his frustrations with reading, the app encourages students to read by framing the activity within a gaming environment, where teachers can post questions to students and track their progress.
Award and follow-on funding
In April 2012, CDI Apps for Good was awarded £101,340 through the first round of the Innovation in Giving Fund to build the second generation of its online platform, with the aim of making it the simplest and most effective way for tech professionals to volunteer their skills and expertise.
Following its impressive growth, Apps for Good was later awarded a further £154,800 to enable it to reach more schools, engage more volunteers and achieve financial sustainability.
Institutional Development Manager