Changing the world in a T-Shirt, Zuckerberg style

Rachel Moseley, Senior Manager, Corporate Responsibility at Thomson Reuters reflects on the Apps for Good App Launch. 

What happens when you give young people the intelligence (data and insights), technology and human expertise to think differently, innovate, and solve a social problem?

You get seven mobile apps, developed for market, launched on the Google Play Store and celebrated at an inspiring event at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

You see 23 young people, aged 12-18 who have achieved something incredible whilst still studying at school.

These young technologists are changing the world, and we witnessed that change once again at the Apps for Good App Launch on Thursday 4 February. Their products are a reflection of their passions and an awful lot of hard work. By looking at the community and world that they live in, their apps look to solve a real need – whether it’s educating young people on the political landscape or ensuring that young carers have the support and resources they need at their fingertips – looking at the world through the lens of a young person really does alter your perspective.

Thomson Reuters is so proud to be involved with Apps for Good, this charity has in its five years seen incredible impacts that go beyond traditional education. Increasing IT awareness is key, but it’s the other skills developed in these young people that are the most touching – presentation skills, social skills, confidence and increases in their own aspirations. What’s more you are seeing a gender balance on the Apps for Good program, that you don’t see reflected in the technology sector. A 50/50 engagement across male and female pupils taking part – that’s amazing! The 50,000 pupils who have taken part in the course to date are from varying backgrounds, abilities and locations, yet their viewpoints and opinions matter more than you can imagine.

These young technologists, brimming with ideas and passion, shared that the thing they want from Apps for Good is respect. Respect of those ideas, of that passion and that their opinions matter.

Are they getting it? Mohima Ahmed was one of the first pupils to take part in the Apps for Good course and entered the awards with an App that offered translation for Bengali families living in the UK. She has taken her passions for problem solving and technology to University and is finishing her third year studying Biomedical Engineering, as well as being a trustee of Apps for Good. She was also named last year as one of the Top 30 Women Under 30 Who are Changing the World, aged 20.

‘We love Apps for Good, because we get the same level of respect as Mark Zuckerberg’ – Mohima Ahmed

Do you fancy getting involved with Apps for Good? Inspiring the next generation of technologists, and in turn learning so much more about the world we live in and the technology at our fingertips?

Then why not sign up to be an Apps for Good Expert and start by volunteering just one hour of your time. At Thomson Reuters we give all regular employees 16 hours a year to volunteer, as part of our commitment to Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion.