CDI Apps for Good

Apps for Good works to power a generation to change their world with technology. We want to transform education to help young people become tech creators and digital makers, so that they can thrive in a tech driven future. We achieve this by working with teachers to create a new kind of learning - one that's rooted in real world learning and driven by the students themselves. While doing the Apps for Good course students move through the full product development cycle of an app, from concept to coding to launch and in doing so learn how to solve real world problems with technology.
Dec 4, 2015

Women in Tech - Inspire the next generation!

On Ada Lovelace Apps for Good, Capgemini and Tech Partnership are teamed up to launch the TechFuture Women’s Network. In this report, Apps for Good’s co-CEO Debbie Forster explains how the Network seeks to tackle the gender imbalance in the technology industry.

Ada Lovelace Day is an international day to celebrate the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and for us it’s the perfect time to look towards the next generation of women in STEM. We are proud to team up with Capgemini and the Tech Partnership to launch the TechFuture Women’s Network, an initiative which will use the energy of female role models to alter perceptions of the industry, and help to build a more diverse and tech savvy workforce.

We’re asking women working in the digital and technology sector to join the TechFuture Women’s Network, a community of professionals taking part in programmes that promote technology in schools.

We’re delighted that the first opportunity available to members of the TechFuture Women’s Network is to join our Apps for Good Expert Community. Members of our Expert Community share their skills and knowledge with our student teams as they develop ideas for apps – getting loads of energy, inspiration and new perspectives in return.

Industry role models can be an important part of careers advice and this is especially true for technology. The technology sector is complex and constantly in flux, so it can be difficult to get beyond job titles. Having someone visit the classroom or connect online and speak about their day-to-day job or how their company works can widen students’ perspectives. This is especially important for your female students. Although uptake of computing A-levels by girls has increased this year by around 45 per cent, they lag far behind boys, making up just 8% of this year’s A-levels (that’s only 456 girls or 0.1 per cent of the entire A-level cohort). Part of the problem is that girls still see computing as ‘geeky’ and ‘male’, but you can help counter these stereotypes by establishing female role models for both your male and female students. This will contribute towards a new “norm” in the eyes of both genders and help the girls who then make these choices feel more accepted. We hope that the increasing number of women who join our Expert Community via the TechFuture Women’s Network will help us establish this new norm.

Over the next few months the Network will grow to include more opportunities for TechFuture Women to mentor and inspire young people by showing them the range of opportunities within the technology sector. By joining the Network here you will automatically become an Apps for Good Expert as well as receive updates and invitations to future initiatives. We look forward to working with you to inspire the next generation of women in tech!

Sep 8, 2015

Back to School - Are you ready for 2015/16?

The Who Cares? Team - People
The Who Cares? Team - People's Choice Winners

As September rolls around again, we are gearing up for another academic year delivering the Apps for Good course to over 23,000 students all across the UK. Our latest innovation - the Mini-Course - is now available to all our education partners and offers greater flexibility in when and how to deliver Apps for Good, as it can be completed in just 10-15 hours!

This year we are really focussing on educator recruitment and spreading our reach even further across the UK. We think we have really moved on from just speaking to the early adopters of the tech education movement and, as the importance of tech skills reaches mainstream consciousness, we are channelling more resources into reaching the "early majority" of schools.

Our latest impact data shows that constant dialogue with our educators and students is really paying off. Satisfaction, skill improvement, and interest in technical careers reported both by our educators and the students themselves have increased since last year (87% of our educators and 93% of our senior school management said they liked the Apps for Good course).  If you know any educators who might be interested in delivering the course, please spread the Apps for Good word. They can find all the information they need – here!

We are excited to announce this year’s winners of the Apps for Good Awards which took place back in June. The winning teams are now busy working with Rachel, our resident App Developer, and professional development agencies to take their ideas from the prototype stage to a fully-fledged version ready for release onto the market in February next year. You can check out the winning ideas – here!

As students return to school and dive back into their lessons, our educators will begin requesting Expert sessions again to get tech professionals directly involved in the classroom and helping with tricky aspects of the course. We rely on our network of Apps for Good Experts to volunteer their time, knowledge and experience to keep our students motivated and to help them to progress faster. At the same time the direct connection between professionals and students helps build bridges between the classroom and industry.

As an Expert you can volunteer as much or as little as you want, signing up to our sessions as and when you can and delivering them to our students over Skype or Google Hangout. If you would like to find out more, check out the Experts page – here!

Finally, a big thank you for all your support over the 2014/15 academic year – we couldn’t have done it without you!

Our Finalists receive a standing ovation
Our Finalists receive a standing ovation
The GardenKing Team at the Awards Marketplace
The GardenKing Team at the Awards Marketplace
Jun 15, 2015

Apps for Good Awards - 18th June 2015

It’s a historic week for the UK - new meets old with the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta coinciding with the start of London Tech Week.


But here at Apps for Good we are focused on the future and the development of tech talent in the UK. The Apps for Good Awards are taking place at the Barbican this Thursday, 18th June, and will be a great display of the ingenuity and creativity of the next generation of problem-solvers and digital makers.


With the help of our fantastic network of over 1000 Experts and sessions led by our wonderful corporate partners, we have managed to shortlist down the entries from over 700 student teams to just 18 finalists who will be joining us in London from schools all over the UK. The teams will spend Thursday morning at digital enterprises across the capital, finding out about what it’s like to work in tech and practising their pitches.

Later in the day they will head to the Barbican to compete in one of six thematic categories. The teams will be hoping to impress our fearsome panels of industry Dragons to win the chance to work with professional developers and get their apps released onto the market.


The range of ideas among our finalists just goes to show the wealth of talent and inventiveness which the Apps for Good course can unlock. Ideas range from an app for avid treasure hunters and one to help budding gardeners to support apps for young carers and ones that make it easier to donate effectively to charity. Check out all the finalist ideas – here!


As well as the 6 thematic categories, you can have your say on which app should make it to market. The People’s Choice Award will be decided by an online vote which is now open. It will close just before the awards ceremony on Thursday evening. Last year we received over 14,000 votes and are hoping to do even better this year. Cast your vote – here!

And we’d love it if you could spread the word about Apps for Good and the People’s Choice Award on social media using #AppsforGood!

 
   

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