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 (currently on maternity leave)
Iris is the CEO of Apps for Good, overseeing the organisation’s international strategic direction and expansion. 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. Iris is currently on maternity leave until October 2014.
Debbie Forster, UK Managing Director
Debbie is the UK Managing Director of Apps for Good, overseeing strategy and operations for the organisation within the UK. Debbie joined CDI Apps for Good in 2011 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 technology. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the UK Forum for Computing Education and was named by Computer Weekly as one of the 25 Most influential woman in UK IT 2014. 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.
Luísa Gockel, Head of Business Development (currently on maternity leave)
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.
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, Data & Analysis and Fellows Community Manager
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!
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.
Ionut Alexandru Anca, Software Engineer
Alexandru joined Apps For Good in February 2014. His role is to maintain and improve the Apps for Good platform. His passion for science and understanding how things work started at a young age when, instead of playing with his toy cars, he was disassembling them to understand how do they work. This passion continued on in school where he noticed that he was interested more in the technological modules. He studied computer science at Coventry University and, after graduation, was offered a work placement as web programmer. Being inspired by the web industry, he decided to continue studying into this domain and followed an MSc course in Advanced Web Engineering at Essex University, graduating in September 2011. He worked for two years as web developer for a small creative agency in London and joined AfG at the beginning of 2014. Alexandru aims to bring his expertise towards the Apps for Good education movement.
Charlotte Wu, Junior Editor
Charlotte joined the content team in March 2014, bringing experience of managing grants for teacher professional development on behalf of the Greater London Authority. In her previous role as a policy consultant she carried out research focusing on skills, employment and employer engagement of young people in England and Scotland, and before that she has worked for The Times, LSE and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Charlotte studied Gender Studies and English Literature at Cambridge. In her spare time she likes to travel as much as possible and volunteers regularly in the city.
Nick Roach, Expert Community Manager
Nick joined the Apps for Good team in May 2014, to oversee the volunteer programme for technology professionals. After completing a Philosophy degree at Cambridge he spent some time at the BBC, before joining the Shoreditch tech scene, working primarily as a Strategic Consultant with a software start-up. Having become convinced of the potential for technology to facilitate profoundly positive reform in education, Nick decided to move into this area - running CPD events for teachers at The Prince’s Teaching Institute before joining Apps for Good.
Liam joined the Apps for Good team in May 2014 to assist in the marketing and communications output of the organisation as well as events. Originally from the Scottish Borders, he brings a wealth of experience of volunteering for youth charities and has served as Vice Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament and was a member of the Oxfam Youth Board. Upon completing a Politics & Social Policy degree at the University of Stirling, Liam moved to Brussels after successfully gaining an internship at a Europe-wide youth rights charity then subsequently went on to work at the European Parliament. In his free time Liam blogs for the Huffington Post and is often found tweeting about his new adventures in London.
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.
Charles Wiles, Trustee
Founder and CEO, Zzish
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.
Katelyn Donnelly, Special Adviser
Katelyn Donnelly is a Managing Director at Pearson where she leads the Affordable Learning Fund, a venture fund that invests in early-stage companies serving low-cost schools and services to schools and learners in the developing world. Katelyn is also a published author and speaker on topics of education, technology and system change, as well as a consultant to governments on goal setting and delivery. She serves as a non-executive director and strategic advisor to several start-up companies across Europe, Asia and Africa. Previously Katelyn was a consultant at McKinsey and Company.
Martha Lane Fox, Special Adviser
Martha Lane Fox co-founded Europe’s largest travel and leisure website lastminute.com with Brent Hoberman in 1998, they took it public in 2000 and sold it in 2005. Martha was appointed a crossbench peer in the House of Lords in March 2013. She is currently chair of Go On UK, a coalition of public and private sector partners that are helping millions more people and organisations online. In March 2014 she was appointed Chancellor of the Open University. Martha co- founded and chairs LuckyVoice, revolutionising the karaoke industry. She chairs MakieLab and Founders Forum for Good. She is a Non-Executive Director at Marks & Spencer and the Women’s Prize for Fiction. In 2007 Martha founded her own charitable foundation Antigone.org.uk and also serves as a Patron of AbilityNet, Reprieve, Camfed and Just for Kids Law. In 2013 Martha was awarded a CBE.
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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