Many of you will have shared in our celebrations last year of 5 years of Apps for Good. When we first launched, we were sometimes asked what our ultimate goal was. Iris would say immediately, “Global domination.” I would laugh nervously and add, “For good, of course.” Back then, with only 50 students at one London school, it seemed a wildly ambitious dream, but one we both believed in, knowing that the first step was to get things working in the UK.
Now five years later, we are not only established in the UK, but also growing in Portugal, Spain, Poland and most recently, the US. I’ve been to New York, Minnesota, Maine and Arkansas and we now have 40 schools across the US, reaching around 1000 students this year.
As I bounce back and forth across the Atlantic, and Iris around Europe, we’ve realised we need someone to focus on leading our efforts in the UK, as our ambition remains equally great here. So, we’re recruiting a new UK Managing Director who can build on our strong foundation, leading the UK forward on its next phase of growth and innovating on our successful programme. The new MD, working with the enthusiastic UK Apps for Good team, will have the chance to help us implement our new Internet of Things course, expand on our Fellowship Programme for former Apps for Good students and reach even more young people across the whole of the UK. They will be supported by Iris and I and our experienced Global Team. I will continue to oversee Apps for Good’s efforts both in the US and UK, while Iris guides our work in Portugal, Spain, Poland and our emerging partnerships around the world.
When I visit the US, I feel the same excitement talking to teachers there that I felt when talking to teachers in Wick, Bolton and London. And we are seeing innovative, interesting and surprising technology products developed by our students from Little Rock, Arkansas to Lisbon, Portugal.
I have always said this is the best job in the world, and I can’t wait to have someone join us to help our students and teachers in the UK thrive and be part of the global Apps for Good movement (aka Global Domination for Good).
Debbie Forster, co-CEO, Apps for Good