Turning young tech consumers into tech creators

Finalist category: Digital Skills Award 2015

#T4GAppsforGood

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Digital Skills Award, Winner, 2015

Apps for Good is a free education programme, working to change tech education forever; to turn young tech consumers into tech creators, unlocking the confidence and talent of young people so that they are inspired to create new ideas that can change their world for good. At the end of the course, students have the chance to launch their app to the market in a national competition.

This cross-curricular approach to computing gives students the chance to find their niche in the IT world, not only boosting the number of STEM-qualified professionals, but making sure they are equipped with the skills they need to excel in their career. Once they’ve completed the course, students can join the Apps for Good Fellows programme, where they can mentor other students and help develop and improve the course.

Since their launch in 2010, Apps for Good has reached over 75,000 students in 1500 schools globally, helping young people learn to turn bright ideas into real technology products.

They now have over 650 active Education Partners and more than 22,500 students studying the Apps for Good course in schools across the UK, and in pilot programmes in Spain, Portugal, Poland, Romania and USA.

In 2014/15 38% of schools delivering the Apps for Good course were rated above the national average with students eligible for school means, and with a gender split close to 50/50.

Visit the Apps for Good website for more information about their work.

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