Press release: National Lottery boost for young digital leaders changing communities

A national charity supporting young people to learn digital skills to solve problems in their local communities has received £1.2 million of National Lottery funding.

The grant has been awarded by the Big Lottery Fund and will give 200,000 young people across the UK access to a learning programme created by Apps for Good.

This programme takes place in schools, teaching students to build, market and launch digital products and tools to solve problems that matter to them. Continue reading

Our Events: What’s coming next

When we held our first event in 2011, we were working from a hunch that a competition would motivate our students and teachers, which has turned out to be true. We’ve learned, however, that the real magic of our events lies in bringing together our students, teachers, volunteers and corporate partners to celebrate what has been achieved, share ideas and encourage our young people to do more – and the connections that grow from there. Continue reading

Apps for Good Awards 2017: Meet the Fellows of the Year

The Fellowship Prize, powered by GoDaddy, celebrates three outstanding Apps for Good students who’ve gone above and beyond the course to continue engaging with tech and entrepreneurship. We’re pleased to present the 2017 finalists for the Fellowship prize. All nominees will be receiving mentoring sessions from GoDaddy in areas of interest, including marketing, user research and entrepreneurship. 

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Internet of Things for Good – New course for the new school year

This year, we piloted an Internet of Things (IoT) course powered by Samsung, which is now open to all Apps for Good schools. Here Learning Content Manager, Donna Hay, talks about the new course and some key information teachers need to know.

Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the connection of everyday objects to the internet (and to one another) with the goal of smarter, more efficient experiences. These ‘smart’ devices can be anything from fridges and washing machines to wearables, medical equipment and jet engines. The Apps for Good IoT course explores the benefits and potential issues surrounding IoT and gives an introduction to the technology underpinning these devices. Students work in teams to design and prototype an IoT project which solves a real-life problem, with an emphasis on building technical physical computing skills and the design of the devices to develop a great user experience.

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#AfGShireland: Apps for Good’s adventures in Smethwick.

Still buzzing from the highs of the first Apps for Good Regional Event at Elstree UTC, the Apps for Good team set off from Euston station bright and early on a sunny Tuesday morning to catch a train to Birmingham. We travelled to Shireland Collegiate Academy in the West Midlands for the second ever Apps for Good Regional Event, which was run in partnership with QA.

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#AfGElstree: Hosting our first ever Apps for Good Regional Event in Elstree and Borehamwood

This year we are hosting a number of regional events across the UK in order to highlight the amazing work that is being done in Apps for Good schools and to give more students the opportunity to share their work with other members of our student, Educator and Expert communities.

On Thursday 23rd February students from Apps for Good schools braved the rain and gale-force winds to attend our first ever regional event. At the event, we gathered students from Elstree UTC in Elstree and Borehamwood and St Marylebone CE School in London to attend a few hands-on workshops and to showcase the tech ideas that they had been working on all year.

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Q&A with our Head of Product, Ruairi Doyle

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.

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