Young people create mobile apps for social change

Sep 12, 2011

Getting ready to launch in 38 schools!

AppsForGood students @ the CFGS in Tower Hamlets
AppsForGood students @ the CFGS in Tower Hamlets

After a sequence of pilot courses over the last 18 months, in September 2011 the AppsForGood programme
will run in 38 certified partner schools across the UK training, 1,500+ young people in a combination of problem-solving, design, enterprise and technology skills. We have more than 120 schools and community organisations that are waiting to be involved. We now have on average 3 partner requests per day!

Despite the fact that we haven’t been focused on running new courses before September, we continued to expose our methodology to young people whenever possible. In July, 300 students participated in an app design workshop organised by AppsForGood in partnership with TeenTech. BBC presenter and Teen Tech founder, Maggie Philbin, wrote a blog post on AppsForGood website about the experience. Working in groups of ten, the students came up with very creative ideas covering various topics from emergency first aid to finding nearby car park spaces and helping people to learn how to play a musical instrument .

At the core of our strategy to deal with the high demand and grow without increasing the costs exponentially is our online platform. A first version will be launched in October and we will be open sourcing our course learning content through it.


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Luisa Gockel

London, London United Kingdom

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