So what brought you to Apps for Good?
Just over a year ago, I had completed an intensive coaching course at Barefoot and decided there were a number of things I needed to assess and change in both personal and professional life. After spending 6 years at full tilt in senior leadership roles in e-commerce and advertising, I decided I wanted to take a look at different sectors, experience new things and get back a little closer to technology and product where I originally cut my teeth. A friend tipped me off about Escape the City, where I found a contract role for Apps for Good. From the very moment I met Amy and Rob on the first round interview panel, I knew these were the people, organisation and values that it made sense to join.
On Wednesday 15th March, students from schools across Scotland will travel to Edinburgh’s Quincentenary Conference Centre to participate in Apps for Good’s first ever Scottish event, which will celebrate the future generation of digital makers.
The Entry Form for the 2017 Apps for Good Awards is now available. In this blog, Apps for Good Fellows Sophie and Marcos explain students can look forward to with the course, Awards entry and beyond.
We’re delighted to announce that students can now submit their app ideas to the 2017 Apps for Good Awards. Here is a quick introduction to this year’s Awards Entry Form:
**The App Launch will now be held on Monday 27 February**
It’s an exciting time at Apps for Good as we’re counting down to this year’s App Launch. At the event on Monday 27 February, hosted at News UK, we’ll be celebrating the achievements of the student teams who have created apps to change their world.
Almost half of the students completing the Apps for Good course say afterwards that they are interested in a technology focused career. Apps for Good students and teachers alike tell us that real-world experience is essential, and many employers feel the same. This blog is part of our latest project with Monster to provide high-quality content and support for Apps for Good Students and Fellows keen to find out more about careers in tech.
In 2012, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills cited “lack of experience” as the number one reason employers gave for turning young applicants away. At the same time, students and teaches tell tell us that formal work experience placements are increasingly difficult to find.
There’s no reason to fear! Here are some helpful ways to get out there, get experience and get a taste of what the tech industry is really like.
A personal message from Debbie Forster, Apps for Good co-CEO, on the next chapter for AFG UK and her future steps with AFG and beyond.
About six weeks ago, I got a bit of a shock on Whatsapp. My 19 year old daughter, Jess, had been travelling by herself around Europe for a few weeks and had set up a message group titled, “Do Not Worry Parents.” On it, she would send us updates of where she was and the highlights and lowlights of her travels.