We help young people make their future with new technology.
Apps for Good unlocks the confidence and talent of young people through creative learning programmes, in which students use new technologies to design and make products that can make a difference to their world.
Education systems are needlessly wasting talent. Many young people are demotivated by traditional teaching methods which leave them ill prepared for the real world. Technology is advancing apace, exciting the imagination of young people, who want to use it to make, play and share. Yet traditional schooling lags well behind, missing this opportunity to engage, especially those students most disaffected with standard lessons. Teachers who want to use technology to create more exciting ways to learn feel frustrated they cannot do more.
That is why we decided a new approach was needed. We want to bring schools to life with creative programmes where young people work hard and have fun while learning. Teachers act as their guides through the programme, connecting them to developers and experts outside school to get real world insight.
Apps for Good equips students to research, design and make digital products and take them to market. But apps are not the point of what we do. Our goal is to produce more able, self-confident, collaborative young people, ready to make a difference to their world. Most children are consumers of technology; we want them to become makers using technology.
We are building a new model of education.
Once we have proven our approach with schools and smartphones in the UK we plan to create a global platform for creative learning, where keen learners and imaginative teachers can find courses from a multitude of developers, supported by a thriving community of peers and mentors, technologists and corporations. We will adopt other technologies as exciting new tools become widely available.
The communities that come together on our platform will create hundreds of courses and millions of vibrant conversations. We are part of a global movement to use technology to enable young people to learn in more exciting and productive ways.
Our roots lie in the favelas of Brazil where our parent CDI started computer based learning programmes in the 1990's. Our future is to become a global platform for creative learning through technology.
We help young people make their future through new technology.
We hope you'll join us.
Meet the staff
Iris Lapinski, CEO
Iris reports to the board of trustees and is responsible for CDI Apps for Good’s overall strategy, key partnerships, business model and the expansion of Apps for Good in the UK and beyond. During 2009, Iris led the feasibility study that resulted in the creation of Apps for Good. In 2012 the Observer and Nesta named Iris as one of Britain's 50 New Radicals for her work with Apps for Good. Iris is a member of the Big Society Network's Nexter programme and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She has a background in commercial digital media and telecoms consulting, and running business planning and strategy projects, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East for Ovum. When not working, Iris spends time with her 18 month-old daughter Lucie.
Debbie Forster, UK Managing Director
Debbie joined CDI Apps for Good in March 2011 as head of partnerships, bringing 20 years of UK educational experience to the programme. An ex-headteacher, Debbie came to Apps for Good from e-skills UK where she was head of their education programmes, working with schools, government and employers to help inspire more young people to consider careers in IT. Debbie has a passion for education and giving young people of every background the best life chances and she sees technology as key to achieving this. US born, 20 years in the UK has left Debbie with an accent that is foreign to all, but if you ask nicely, she might teach you how to "talk southern ya'll."
Luísa Gockel, Head of Business Development
Luísa has a background in political science, communications and journalism and is passionate about human rights, education and making developing regions a better place for future generations. After working as a journalist for some of the largest media outlets in Latin America, she moved to London in 2007 to carry out a master in Human Rights at LSE. Luísa joined CDI in 2007 when Apps for Good was just an idea. She is responsible for fundraising and business development for Apps for Good in the UK and CDI’s international operations. Somebody once said "once a journalist, always a journalist", so Luísa also writes for Brazilian magazines when she's not travelling or looking for the best new restaurants in London.
Rob Rankin, Course Content Manager
Robert joined the Apps for Good Education Team in October 2011 to work on further developing the Apps for Good mobile course and online educational platforms. His main interests lie in youth participation and developing practical tools that help young people inspire meaningful change in their communities. Whilst at the Citizenship Foundation he helped create an online educational challenge and advocacy campaign that engaged young people with the 2010 Spending Review and presented their views to HM Treasury A political animal, Robert has worked on election campaigns, organised protests and in his spare time campaigns for democratic reform.
Antonella Gorenflos, Web and Course Content
As a recent graduate in Engineering Science, Antonella wants to share her passion in technology to motivate young students to make their own future in technology. She joined the Apps for Good Web and Course Content team in October 2013 to develop the course to make it valuable and engaging for both students and teachers, whilst keeping it up to date with the newest technologies. New to the city, Antonella enjoys exploring London for the best coffee shops and live world music venues.
Emma Chetty, Head of Finance and Operations
Emma joined Apps for Good in January 2013. She is a CIMA accountant with a background in the third and not-for-profit sectors, having worked with community arts organisations and government agencies, including The Royal Parks and the Mayors Fund for London. Emma specialises in systems and procedural development and is currently streamlining and improving the internal systems at Apps for Good. Emma spends her spare time having foodie adventures in the capital and around the world.
Natalie Moore, Education Community Manager
Natalie joined the Apps for Good education team in January 2013. Prior to this role she worked for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games as the International Education Programme Coordinator for the Education Team. While in this role she managed an international school linking programme as well as supporting, developing and building relationships with schools that were part of the Get Set network. Natalie is particularly passionate about using education and new initiatives to create an environment that allows young people to be inspired and to achieve.
Myrian Schwitzner, Community Manager (Experts & Alumni)
Inspired to get involved after attending the 2012 Apps for Good Awards, Myrian joined the team as Community Manager in September 2012. With a background in education, she has always been passionate about teaching young people and has worked as a handball coach and assistant teacher in Mexico. In 2011, she moved to London and studied a Master in creative and cultural entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths, University of London. Myrian is interested in all things techie and related to social entrepreneurship. At Apps for Good, she oversees the volunteering programme with tech professionals and manages the alumni community. Holding on to the German lifestyle, Myrian is probably the only authentic cyclist of the team riding her bike throughout the year and ignoring the unpredictable British weather!
Khin Tye, Data and Analysis Manager
Khin joined Apps for Good in March 2013 to help the organisation measure its impact. She has an extensive background working with FTSE100 companies and leading not-for-profit organisations in AsiaPacific, America and Europe in a variety of roles including computer science, management consulting, international marketing, and corporate social responsibility. Khin currently works at Apps for Good part-time while studying her combined MBA and MA Innovation Management at St Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London.
Zoë Coleman, App Producer
Zoë works with the winning student teams and development agencies to turn their ideas into real, working apps. A highly experienced digital producer, Zoë’s run digital project across broadcasting, education, publishing and social enterprises, launching the award winning Spacehive crowdfunding platform last year. She wanted to work with Apps for Good because she was inspired by the use of technology for social change. Outside Apps for good she runs other digital projects, and spends any free time with her toddler, Vincent visiting city farms and chasing dogs in the park.
Heather Picov, Head of Communications and Communities
Heather joined Apps for Good in June 2013 to lead marketing and communications to support Apps for Good’s growth in the UK and beyond. Committed to social innovation, entrepreneurship and education, Heather has led social innovation campaigns for Unilever's Dove brand and Coca-Cola and is a Founding Director and now Trustee of the Museum of Architecture, where her work has included education and exhibition programmes with the Mayor of London and British Council. Heather’s background is in policy development and issues management and she has an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto.
Sophie Ball, Business Development
Sophie joined the Apps for Good Business Development Team in August 2013. Having spent her childhood in Oxfordshire, she has now lived in London for over four years whilst studying for a degree in History and French at UCL. With a strong interest in education and a passion for writing, Sophie enjoys applying her creativity and communication skills at Apps for Good to initiate and develop partnerships as well as working to bring about change. Out of the office, Sophie loves to go to the theatre and find new places to eat in London as well as finding time for regular runs around the city.
Sabrina Brooks, Office Administrator
Sabrina joined Apps for Good in April 2013. Prior to this role she worked as an administrator for Transport for London. She is passionate about working with young people and volunteers as a youth worker and mentors young offenders. Sabrina currently works at Apps for Good part time while studying a BA (Hons) in Youth and Community Work at the University of Greenwich.
Gianluca Trombetta, Head of Platform
Gianluca studied computer science at Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca and for eight years worked in the publishing industry as an IT consultant on projects with companies such as Dow Jones and Company and the Wall Street Journal. He co-founded his first startup stipso.com in 2010 and has been making digital products since. Gianluca is fluent in Ruby on Rails and is always hacking something. He is responsible for platform development and oversees the AfG course content. Since joining us June 2013 Gianluca has also been growing the tech team.
Meet the board
Rodrigo Baggio, Founding Chairman
Founder CDI Global
In 1995, Rodrigo was a technology consultant from Rio de Janeiro who had a dream about poor children using computers to discuss their realities and solve their problems. Motivated by his dream, he set out to make it a reality. He founded the Committee for Democracy in Information Technology, now CDI, and opened the first school. Rodrigo has been named by the World Economic Forum as one of “100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow” and by Time Magazine as one of the 50 leaders in Latin America that will make a difference in the third millennium. As Founding Chairman, Rodrigo acts as a spokesperson for CDI Global and CDI Apps for Good.
Charles Leadbeater, Elected Chairman
Leading writer on education and innovation
Charles’ theories on innovation have compelled some of the world's largest organizations to rethink their strategies. A business reporter by training, he was previously an editor for the Financial Times, and later, the Independent, where, with Helen Fielding, he developed the "Bridget Jones' Diary" column. In 2005 Charles was ranked by Accenture as one of the top management thinkers in the world. He wrote the first British report on the rise of social entrepreneurship and worked as advisor to the UK Department for Education’s Innovation Unit on future strategies for more networked and personalised approaches to learning and education. As Elected Chairman, Charles is responsible for overseeing governance and strategy for CDI Apps for Good.
Reinhard Gorenflos, Treasurer
Former Managing Partner Europe, Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts; founder Tua Res Foundation
Reinhard joined Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts (KKR) in 2001 and oversaw KKR’s energy activities in Europe until 2013. Prior to this, he was CFO at ARAL AG and held senior management positions in German industry. Reinhard has been named by the World Economic Forum as one of “100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow”. After leaving KKR, Reinhard has dedicated his time investing in girls’ education in Africa. As treasurer of CDI Apps for Good, Reinhard advises the board on the financial implications of strategic plans, operational plan and annual budget.
Lord Jim Knight of Weymouth, Trustee
Lord Knight is a former Labour cabinet minister and was Minister for Schools during the last Labour government. He is highly respected across all parties and in the education sector. Today, Jim not only sits on the IT Policy Committee in the House of Lords, but also acts as an advisor for Apple on education policy and The Times Education Resources (TSL Education), the world’s largest teacher lesson material database.
Olivier Kayser, Trustee
HYSTRA, Founder and Managing Director
In January 2009, Olivier founded Hystra, a global consulting firm that works with business and social sector pioneers to implement hybrid strategies and innovative business approaches that are profitable and scalable. Hystra’s first five clients were among the top 20 largest French corporations. From 2003 to 2008, Olivier was VicePresident Europe of Ashoka, a global not-for-profit organisation supporting social entrepreneurs. Before joining Ashoka, Olivier was a senior partner at McKinsey & Company.
Mauricio Davila, Trustee
Mauricio is a social entrepreneur and international executive with more than a decade of leadership experience in both the private and social sectors. He co-founded Discovering Latin America, aimed at promoting Latin American culture in Western Europe and raising funds for development projects in the region. He also worked for 10 years in marketing and advertisement at Procter & Gamble where he managed brands in Latin America and Western Europe.
Gi Fernando, Trustee
Gi’s career began at 21 when he sold his first entrepreneurial project. His most notable success came when he co-founded Techlightenment with Ankur Shah in 2007. Techlightenment became a global leader in providing products and services in social technology for brands, and was acquired by Experian plc in 2011. In 2012 Gi founded Freeformers with a mission to use accelerated learning techniques to teach young minds faster and capitalise on the innovative and creative heritage of the UK. He wants to get 100,000 of the UK’s one million unemployed youngsters into work by 2015. Gi is passionate about the tech industry’s opportunity and duty to be inclusive.
Chris Moss, Special Adviser
Chris has created at least three billion dollar brands – Virgin Atlantic, Orange and 118118. Working with Richard Branson as Marketing Director in the 1980's to create Virgin Atlantic, Chris has been building, branding and marketing billion dollar businesses in Europe and the USA. As CEO of 118 118 he built the brand to becoming a household name. Other business successes include ICO, Orange, Virgin Atlantic, ITV Digital, KGB in the USA, merging the brands of Lloyds & TSB, building European brands such as 118 218 in France. Chris’ mission for CDI Apps for Good is to help our award-winning apps reach at least one million downloads.
Volunteer & Internship Opportunities
Our volunteers and interns don't photocopy and fetch coffee. Instead, you'll get real, hands-on experience in our London office. We are always looking for enthusiastic individuals to help out in video editing, marketing, design, events and fundraising. Please send your CV, plus a description of what areas of work you're interested in and why you want to volunteer with Apps for Good to .
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