It’s the New Year and everyone is busy getting back to reality after the Christmas break, but here at Apps for Good excitement is building around our upcoming App Launch. On 5 February, the Apps for Good App Launch, powered by Facebook and hosted at Thomson Reuters, will see the seven student teams that won at the Apps for Good Awards 2014 officially launch their apps on the market. To celebrate their achievements, we’re introducing our countdown series of blogs that will give you an overview of each of the winning apps so you’re ready to download your favourites. First up – I’m Okay!
The I’m Okay app helps young people who are exploring their sexuality and gender, with real-life stories from people who’ve been there plus resources and support services. The app won the Information category powered by Thomson Reuters at the Apps for Good Awards 2014 in June. I’m Okay was created by Josie, Emily, Katie and Alexandra, students at Stratford Girls’ Grammar School in Warwickshire, West Midlands
The girls wanted to create a support app to help teenagers who were going through difficult times, with a range of issues such as bulimia and depression. During the course the team received help from Thomson Reuters Experts, in particular Apps for Good Expert Bob Schukai (Head of Advanced Product Innovation at Thomson Reuters) who encouraged the team to focus on a single issue, and with his help, they were surprised to discover that there were no existing LGBTQ apps on the market. As it was also an issue that the team really care about, they decided to focus on this for their app. Check out the video below to hear the girls talk about I’m Okay in more detail.
Since June, the girls have been working hard to take their app from prototype to finished product with the support of Thomson Reuters and development agency Codeten, fitting it in amongst their classes at school. Despite all these demands on their time, the team were able to join us for our annual Partners’ Dinner to share the updates on their app.
All this effort and hard work has paid off and the app is now available to download from the Google play store.
LGBTQ or close to somebody who is? Share your story at http://imokay.org.uk – it may feature on the I’m Okay App and you can help a young person feeling confused or alone.