An exciting Christmas season at Apps for Good!

In many offices the countdown to Christmas can make December a quieter month, but this is not the case at Apps for Good. December has been non stop here, with so much to celebrate and report that we decided to write a blog about it all.

Early in December, Apps for Good visited No. 10 Downing Street along with students from Apps for Good Ninja Education Partner Highgate Wood School and their educators David Talbert and Claire Allaway. The girls took part in a special event to mark the launch of Hour of Code – participating in a coding session hosted by Apps for Good partner Free:formers. The students weren’t afraid to share their opinions with PM David Cameron, telling him all about the Apps for Good course and their app ideas. Well done girls!

Girls from
Girls from Highgate Wood School discuss Apps for Good with David Cameron

We love to see our Education Partners showing their creative side – and not just with their app ideas. While working hard on their Apps For Good ideas, the students at Gorsey Bank Primary School used their computer programming skills to create a giant digital Christmas tree. We are really impressed by their skill and imagination and now really want our own digital Christmas tree next year.

Gorsey Bank students' digital Christmas Tree
Gorsey Bank students’ digital Christmas Tree

December also marked the expansion of the Apps for Good team, with Freddie, Rabya, Emily, Max and myself – Noreen, joining the Communications and Communities and Business Development teams. We’re really excited to be on board and have been doing some exciting work already, including planning the upcoming Apps for Good App Launch and getting ready to kick off the new Fellows programme.

Emily, Rabya, Noreen, Max and Freddie have joined the Apps for Good team
Emily, Rabya, Noreen, Max and Freddie have joined the Apps for Good team

This Christmas, Apps for Good received a very special and generous holiday gift from IT and technology law firm Waterfront Solicitors. Working with IT companies and entrepreneurs every day, Waterfront are champions of innovation. In keeping with this spirit, they opted to donate their Christmas card budget to Apps for Good in order to help us grow the next generation of problem solvers and digital makers. A huge thank you from all of us at App for Good!

With all this excitement and activity in December we’re all looking forward to our Christmas break! Before we sign off for the holidays though we’d like to thank our partners, Experts, Educators and students for being part of the Apps for Good movement. We can’t wait to continue to work with you all in 2015. Until then from everyone at Apps for Good – Happy Holidays!

We’d love to hear what our Apps for Good Education Partners, Experts and Corporate Partners have been up to this holiday season. Please share your stories with us at @AppsforGoodCDI.