Apps for Good is an open-source technology education movement that aims to grow a generation of problem-solvers and digital makers; students who can create, market and launch new products that change their world. We put coding within a context and train educators to deliver our product development programme to their students, who are supported by a community of over 800 industry Experts. Since 2010, we have grown by 50,000% to 23,000 students in 480 schools across the whole of 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, web and social applications to solve real-life problems. Through the guidance of a trained educator, peer learning and a community of 800 designers, developers and entrepreneurs, student teams learn all the steps in the product development process in a hands-on way. We are bridging the knowledge gap in technology and equipping students with the skills and confidence to become tomorrow's problem-solvers and digital makers.
Potential Long Term Impact
Apps for Good is currently working within 480 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 create, not just consume, digital products. We view technology as a real equaliser and force for good. That is why we target schools with a higher percentage of free school meals. We also want to close the technology gender gap; last year 48% of Apps for Good students were girls.
Total Funding Received to Date: $21,515
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $58,485
Total Funding Goal: $80,000