CDI Apps for Good

Apps for Good is an open-source technology movement that aims to grow the next generation of problem-solvers and makers; students who can create, market and launch new products that change their world. Apps for Good wants to change technology education forever by teaching young people to be makers - and not just consumers - of digital products. We want to enable young people to solve problems within their communities through technology by building mobile, web and social applications. Apps for Good sees technology as a way of levelling the playing field and we aim to close the gender gap in the sector.
Sep 24, 2013

Winning Apps are Professionally Developed!

Since the Apps for Good Awards in June this year, the winning teams have been busy developing their apps. Throughout the summer and into the new school term, the students have been working hard with professional developers, learning how to transform their idea into a real working product.

Each winning team has met with professional experts to discuss further all aspects of the final app. The students have received specialised advice on how to tweak the design, functionality, marketing and branding of their app in order to produce a feasible product that meets the needs of their target market.

Most teams have now created a landing page for their app and are linking this to an email communications system and social networking sites in order to launch and then manage their marketing strategy. The students are also learning how to use online analytics tools so as to better understand their potential audience and build a more targeted marketing campaign as a result.

In all, the student teams have learnt important business skills and sharpened their appetite for the technology world. One of the students from the team producing the ‘Social Bank’ app has explained how he felt the post-competition process has completely “exceeded” his expectations as “working with the experts is amazing” and he has described the whole experience as “incredible”.

The range of different types of apps currently being developed by the student teams is huge. Amongst others, there is an app to encourage owners to keep their pets healthy, an app to guide children through tuning their instruments, an app to help those with learning disabilities and Alzheimer’s disease and an app to support young people looking to develop their creative writing skills. Keep an eye out for these apps on the market when they are officially launched in January!

Jun 21, 2013

Apps for Good Awards a success!

Winners' workshop

On June 11th 24 teams competed in London at the Apps for Good Awards, presenting their ideas to a panel of experts for the chance to get their apps professionally developed. The competition was open to the 5,618 students from 97 schools across the UK who took the Apps for Good course in 2012-13, the finalists on the day were selected from over 400 team app submissions. All were blown away by the quality and creativity of the projects and choosing the winners was a huge challenge.

The finalists competed in six thematic categories:

  • Power to do More: Getting the most from your time
  • Keep Moving: Doing things on the go 
  • Our World: Encouraging sustainable and healthy lifestyles
  • Learning and Information: Helping others learn and using information for good
  • Connected Communities: Using technology to unite interests, ideas and good causes 
  • Saving, Spending and Giving: Making the most from your money 
The winning app ideas offered a wide range of solutions and opportunities for users, these included an app to help people with learning difficulties and Alzheimer’s plan their daily routines, an app that allows farmers to track and manage information about their cattle. and an app that helps teens find odd jobs to earn pocket money.  As well as pitching their ideas to our expert judges on the day, our students had the opportunity to watch talks from some of the UK's most exciting tech thinkers and entrepreneurs. In the run up to the event, they got to prepare for their moment in the spotlight by spending time in cutting-edge start-ups in London, getting a close-up look at how tech businesses work from the inside. The awards serve as inspiration for the whole Apps for Good community, students, teachers and experts. To find out more about how the day panned out and the excllent app ideas put forward click here.
Students develop their ideas
Students develop their ideas


Jan 25, 2013

Apps for Good students launch winning apps at the BT Tower, London

David from Beat the Book
David from Beat the Book

Award-winning UK students unveil their mobile apps to investors and tech experts 

 December, London:  UK teens are leading the charge into innovative app development, according to seven groups of students who launched their mobile apps at the Apps for Good marketplace at BT Tower.

 Seventeen-year-old Mahjabin created an app with her classmate Janna in a bid to help her mother and grandmother learn more about growing plants.

 “My family care so much about their plants but don’t really know where to get information from – we thought by creating an app that brings the information to them quickly and easily we could improve their lives,” said Mahjabin.

 “Through the Apps for Good course we’ve learned all kinds of technical skills like user interface design and coding as well built our skills in everything from talking to a room full of investors to ways to project manage large and difficult projects – which helps even in preparing for A-levels.”

 Thirteen-year-old Kordaine, whose team’s app Promise Keeper is set to help young people build better relationships with their parents, has set himself a goal to ensure everyone he meets downloads the app.

 “Promise Keeper solves the issue of parents not keeping their promise – we want our app to help not just people we know but also people all over the world who want to fix this problem,” he said.

 The seven apps launched were:

  • Beat the Book - an app that uses gamification to encourage students to read and has been produced by a boy from St Matthews Academy with Injoit and sponsored by Nesta.
  • Feelings in a Flash - a communications app that helps teenagers track, share and deal with their mood or feeling and has been created by two girls from Blackheath Computer Club with Plant Pot and sponsored by Nominet Trust.
  • Mapp Your Way - app that helps students navigate their way around a large school using QR codes and was produced by five students from Wildern School with Codeten and sponsored by BlackBerry.
  • Weather Birds - garden watering app that instructs users based on weather predictions and has been produced by two girls from Central Foundation Girls’ School with Fuerte International and sponsored by Thomson Reuters.  
  • Promise Keeper – an app that allows two parties to track commitments and has been developed by five boys from St Matthews Academy with Put It Out and sponsored by Omidyar Network.
  • Oyster on the Go – proof of concept app that shows information from TFL based on an individual Oyster card and was developed by four boys from Featherstone High School with Novoda and sponsored by Barclaycard.
  • RMBme - a highly customisable reminder app that uses images and has been developed by four girls from Reading Girls’ School with Service2Media and sponsored by Dell. 

The apps, available today on Google Play and BlackBerry App World, were created over the past 12 months by student teams in partnership with some of the world’s leading tech companies, businesses and developers as a part of the Apps for Good Awards and programme. The apps were chosen from a competition entered by more than 1,200 students across 50 UK schools in 2012.

Apps for Good students also received coaching on the day from games heavy-weight Ian Livingstone, Apps for Good board members social and innovation guru Charles Leadbeater, and angel investor and former MD of LinkedIn Europe, Kevin Eyres.

Apps for Good is reaching out to schools across the UK to deliver the free course, and is seeking more industry experts to help guide the teachers and students.New experts can apply on our new online platform: 

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