A national charity supporting young people to learn digital skills to solve problems in their local communities has received £1.2 million of National Lottery funding.
The grant has been awarded by the Big Lottery Fund and will give 200,000 young people across the UK access to a learning programme created by Apps for Good.
This programme takes place in schools, teaching students to build, market and launch digital products and tools to solve problems that matter to them. Continue reading
When we held our first event in 2011, we were working from a hunch that a competition would motivate our students and teachers, which has turned out to be true. We’ve learned, however, that the real magic of our events lies in bringing together our students, teachers, volunteers and corporate partners to celebrate what has been achieved, share ideas and encourage our young people to do more – and the connections that grow from there. Continue reading
So what brought you to Apps for Good?
Just over a year ago, I had completed an intensive coaching course at Barefoot and decided there were a number of things I needed to assess and change in both personal and professional life. After spending 6 years at full tilt in senior leadership roles in e-commerce and advertising, I decided I wanted to take a look at different sectors, experience new things and get back a little closer to technology and product where I originally cut my teeth. A friend tipped me off about Escape the City, where I found a contract role for Apps for Good. From the very moment I met Amy and Rob on the first round interview panel, I knew these were the people, organisation and values that it made sense to join.
A personal message from Debbie Forster, Apps for Good co-CEO, on the next chapter for AFG UK and her future steps with AFG and beyond.
About six weeks ago, I got a bit of a shock on Whatsapp. My 19 year old daughter, Jess, had been travelling by herself around Europe for a few weeks and had set up a message group titled, “Do Not Worry Parents.” On it, she would send us updates of where she was and the highlights and lowlights of her travels.
We’re delighted to announce the arrival of our brand new Student Dashboard! What can your students expect as they get started on their adventure?
Apps for Good students in the UK can get ready to…
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.
In 2015/16, we’ve been celebrating our first 5 years in schools. Here, Founder & co-CEO Iris Lapinski looks back at our journey from one centre and 50 students in South London to over 1,500 schools and 75,000 students around the world, and at where we might be going next.
It is always easy to look back at the past and tell a convincing and logical story of what has happened and why it was unavoidable. But, as Steve Jobs already noted in his famous 2005 Stanford commencement speech, connecting the dots looking backwards is easy; what is impossible is predicting the future and knowing what dots are important and connecting them before events happen. So, you have to trust that the dots will connect somehow in the future. Continue reading