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.
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!

Mar 20, 2015

Apps for Good Awards - Submissions are now open!

Safe Nav and CryptoConnex enjoying a workshop
Safe Nav and CryptoConnex enjoying a workshop

It’s the first day of spring and, here at Apps for Good, we’re not peering through the clouds to the non-event solar eclipse but looking ahead to the Apps for Good Awards taking place at the Barbican on Thursday, 18th June 2015.

Whilst we’re beavering away on the finer details of the event, our students are busy putting the finishing touches to their pioneering app ideas. Submissions are now open to our cohort of over 25,000 students from all over the UK and they will be busy completing feasibility studies, developing marketing strategies, and hammering out business plans.

After submissions close on 24th April, we will start the hard work of shortlisting down the entries (last year we received nearly 600!) to just 18 finalist teams. Those teams will be invited down to London to visit local tech enterprises around Tech City UK and then pitch their problem-solving app ideas to our fearsome panels of industry Dragons. The 7 best teams will win the opportunity to work with professional agencies to develop their prototypes into fully-fledged apps for release onto the open market in early 2016.

In other news, Apps for Good is very excited to be going international! This year we are running a number of pilot projects in Europe, including Spain, Portugal, Poland, Latvia, and Romania. We are working with 3 regional governments in Spain to deliver our course in around 70 schools and working with over 20 schools in Portugal. We will be following the usual Apps for Good protocol of iterative development - assessing our impact, looking at what works, what doesn’t, and how we can innovate to improve. We are very excited about all the lessons to be learnt from moving the course into an international context!

Apps for Good is proud to be a partner of BBC’s Make It Digital – a major UK-wide initiative to inspire a new generation to get creative with digital technology. Launched on 12 March 2015, a season of Make it Digital TV, radio and online content seeks to place a spotlight on digital skills like never before through an ambitious range of new programmes, partnerships and projects. Find out more about the partnership on the Apps for Good Blog.

The Apps for Good Fellows’ Community is up and running. It is open to any student who has taken the course and is a great way for students to learn further skills and access opportunities to gain experience in the tech world. Leanne recently visited our offices when she was down in London to do some work experience at one of our incredible Strategic Partners, Thomson Reuters. Leanne, a student currently taking the Apps for Good course at one of our super-engaged Ninja Schools, Wick High School, is already taking advantage of the type of opportunities available to Fellows. You can find out more about the Fellows Programme here.

To finish, the App Launch was a great success! All the winning apps are now available - you can download them here!

We look forward to receiving all this year's app entry submissions by April 24th. Bring on the shortlisting!

Leanne visits the Apps for Good team in London
Leanne visits the Apps for Good team in London
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I'm Okay get ready to present their app
Chore Attack
Chore Attack's Caitlyn demonstrates their app

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