CEO and VP at Barclaycard deliver Expert session at Mount Grace School

Barclaycard has gone the extra mile in supporting Apps for Good students.

As one of Apps for Good’s long-term and strategic partners, Barclaycard has supported us since 2011. This year they are a headline funder of the upcoming Apps for Good Awards and are adopting twelve schools across the UK.

Last week they took mentoring to the next level. Philip McHugh, Barclaycard’s CEO Business Solutions and Michael Bristow, VP Marketing visited one of the Barclaycard-supported Ninja Education Partners, Mount Grace School in Potters Bar, to deliver a very special mentoring session for the morning.

“This was my first school visit and it was very inspiring, some great ideas, and fun. Seeing students really develop their critical thinking and confidence presenting ideas matched with building technical knowledge are life-long skills that will make them more successful. I look forward to more opportunities to help.”

Philip McHugh, CEO Business Solutions, Barclaycard

“A pretty tough crowd to please!”

Philip spoke to the entire Year 9 group, who are taking the Apps for Good course this year, about his career, motivations and interests. Commenting that the students were a “pretty tough crowd to please,” Philip advised them to always be driven by their passions and strengths. The buzz of the students as they exited the Assembly Hall was testament to the energy and inspiration of Philip’s talk.

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2013 Apps for Good winners take the stage

Last year’s Apps for Good students and People’s Choice Award winners for their app Social Bank, Jack, Andrew, Arlo and Adam got involved on the day to give an insider’s view to the next cohort of students, sharing their tips on how to succeed at the 2014 Apps for Good Awards. The Apps for Good alumni also took the opportunity to pitch their winning app to Philip and Michael, who gave expert advice on how to take the product even further. Watch this space for Social Bank version 2.0!

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Barclaycard and Social Bank team up as judges

Philip and Michael joined the Social Bank team on a judging panel to hear current Apps for Good students pitch their app ideas in preparation for this year’s Awards. The creativity of the problem-solving apps was remarkable, ranging from one to source Equestrian clothing to another which acts as a forum for young people with mental health illnesses to support one another. The panel gave feedback on the apps and asked probing questions to encourage the students to think deeper about their product and its development.

“I have just spent an incredible morning on a school visit with Apps for Good.  Seeing the groups of students deliver their pitches was a great proof point of the benefits of the scheme – problem solving, presentation skills, critical thinking and team work, all skills that they will use throughout their lives at work and beyond.  Any opportunity to remain involved would be gratefully received.”

Michael Bristow, VP Marketing, Barclaycard

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The 2014 Awards are approaching!

You too can mentor Apps for Good students, either remotely or in person. In the lead up to this year’s Awards on 23 June, students across our 213 Apps for Good Education Partners are looking to get feedback on their apps and brush up on their pitching skills, so now is the perfect time to support the next generation of problem-solvers and tech-savvy entrepreneurs!

We want to say a huge thank you to Philip, Michael, Mount Grace Apps for Good educator Fathima Anwari and the Social Bank team for their unwavering support and for organising and delivering the event.