Students create digital tools to solve problems

by CDI Apps for Good

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!

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

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!

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
I'm Okay get ready to present their app
Chore Attack
Chore Attack's Caitlyn demonstrates their app


The 7 student teams that won the Apps for Good Awards in June 2014 are gearing up for the public launch of their apps. Through the Apps for Good course framework, the students were encouraged to tackle problems in their everyday lives. The sheer range of ideas demonstrates the creative potential in schools in the UK which is not being fully engaged by traditional pedagogy. As well as testing their creative potential, the Apps for Good course has helped to improve both the students’ technical coding skills and other soft skills, such as teamwork, confidence and communication.

At the Awards, the finalists got to visit local enterprises in and around Tech City to take part in Accelerator sessions, including advice on how to pitch ideas which came in handy when the teams had to present to our Expert dragons. The App Launch, taking place on 5th February 2015, will be a fantastic celebration of all this hard work, not just by the students but also our educators, corporate partners, professional app developers and team.

Here’s a quick profile of the seven winning teams and their apps:

ShoreCast - The team from Budehaven Community School won the Thomson Reuters sponsored category, My Planet: ideas for a greener and healthier world. The four boys – Tom, Jay, Ben and Archie – have created an app that allows users to find the best surf spots nearby, access clear surf data, rate different beaches and upload reports on conditions.

I’m Okay - The team from Stratford Girls’ Grammar School won Thomson Reuters sponsored category, Information: big ideas for using data and information. The four girls – Josie, Emily, Katie and Alexandra – have designed an app that is aimed at young people coming to terms with their sexuality and gender. It offers a means of sharing experiences through a collection of real-life short stories. Users are able to upload their own stories, find key definitions and locate the details of the best support services through the app.

Pocket Money Pig - The team from The Wroxham School won the Barclaycard sponsored category, Saving, Spending & Giving: making the most out of your money. The three boys – Christopher, George and Ross – have created an app that is aimed at young people, aged 5-15, and their parents, to help reduce family quibbles over pocket money. It offers a simple way for parents and children to keep track of what’s been earned, lent and spent. A parent can keep track of several children through one account with each entry needing approval from both child and parent, making sure everyone is on the same page.

Safe Nav - The team from Shireland Collegiate Academy won the TalkTalk sponsored category, Connected Communities: using technology to connect people and ideas. The four boys – Joshua, Rikardo, Ijahmar and Callum – have made an app for young people to help them navigate the streets safely. The app uses UK police data to provide a heat map of crime in the user’s area and will vibrate to alert them if they are heading into a crime “hotspot”.

CryptoConnex - The team from Hymers College won the Samsung sponsored category, Learning: inspirational learning through technology. The team – Harriet, Paula, Holly and Frederick – have been completing the final stages of the product development process. The app is a teasingly addictive game based on the art of code breaking. Combining tricky game-play and challenging puzzles it’s an innovative way to learn a secret language, the pigpen cipher.

Chore Attack - The team from Wick High School won the SAP sponsored category, Productivity: running better to get the most out of work and play. The girls – Katie, Caitlyn and Meghan – have designed an app, which makes dividing chores among the household fun and rewarding. The app allows families to keep track of who has done their assigned chores. Chore finishers can earn points to climb the leader board and work towards rewards.

PartySpot - The team from Sutton Grammar School won the Tech London Advocates sponsored category, The People’s Choice Award. The winning idea was chosen via public vote in the run-up to the Apps for Good Awards. The boys – Tyler, Dylan, Oliver and Jashvanth – have been completing the final stages of the product development process. The app helps users find the perfect place for their children’s party. It allows users to find party spots near them, read reviews and rate venues.

From assembling mood boards for thematic designs to signing off on user features, the teams have been in full control of the production process. The teams have also had to devise their own branding, marketing and business strategies, which has been a fantastic learning experience for all involved.

The App Launch will also see the official announcement of the Apps for Good Fellows programme. The new initiative will create an official channel for students to keep in touch with Apps for Good, after they have been through the course. The community of Fellows will be able to continue building their digital skills, seek advice on careers in the tech industry and access work placement opportunities (see previous report). We are very excited about the potential impact of the Fellows programme on the future of Apps for Good students.

The Shore Cast Team
The Shore Cast Team
Stephen Fry Supported The I
Stephen Fry Supported The I'm Okay App On Twitter

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