Apps for Good is an open-source technology education movement that enables young people to build mobile, social and web applications to solve problems in their communities. We train educators within schools to deliver our programme. They are supported by our expert community of industry professionals who volunteer their time to mentor the students. During the past 3 years, we have grown our footprint by 10,000% to 20,000 students in 230 schools across the UK.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Education systems in the UK are needlessly wasting talent. Young people are demotivated by traditional teaching methods that leave them ill prepared for the real world. Teachers who want to use technology to create exciting new ways to learn feel frustrated they cannot do more. Technology is advancing apace, exciting the imagination of young people, who want to use it to make, play and share. That is why we decided a new approach was needed.
How will this project solve this problem?
Apps for Good is a programme where young people learn to create mobile and Facebook apps to solve real-life problems. Through the guidance of an Apps for Good instructor, peer learning and the Apps for Good Expert Community of designers, developers and entrepreneurs, teams learn about all steps in the software product development process in a very practical way. We believe we are bridging the knowledge gap in technology and putting the tools in the hands of young people.
Potential Long Term Impact
Apps for Good is currently working within 230 schools across the UK but we want to grow even more in order to change technology education forever. We aim to create the next generation of young entrepreneurs who make, not just consume, digital products. We view technology as a real equaliser and force for good. This is why we target schools with a higher percentage of free school meals. We also want to close the technology gender gap; last year 52% of Apps for Good students were girls.
Total Funding Received to Date: $18,713
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $6,287
Total Funding Goal: $25,000