Our Vision

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

Zoë Coleman

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

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

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

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

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.

Ionut Alexandru Anca

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

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.

Meet the board

Rodrigo Baggio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Careers

Head of Business Development (maternity cover – 12 months)

Closing Date: Friday 2nd May
Interview Dates: Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th May

At Apps for Good, we are a dynamic team of passionate and innovative people, looking to welcome a Head of Business Development (maternity cover: 12 month full time fixed term contract).

Since our foundation in 2010, Apps for Good has undergone rapid expansion. Our impact has grown by 10,000% within four years and we aim to be delivering our course to 40% of all secondary schools across the whole of the UK by 2016. However, whilst our ambition is great, we still remain a small and close-knit team of 17. We believe that through hard-work, integrity, belief in the cause and a positive mind-set, we can change education forever.

Now is the time for you to join Apps for Good and be part of the small yet energetic group of people that has and will continue to have a profound impact on the skills and prospects of young people, helping them to becoming creators – and not simply consumers – of technology.

You will become a key part of the Apps for Good Business Development team. Your main job will be to approach new prospects (companies and foundations) and be able to lead negotiations through to contract. You will also be able to build quality relationships with our impressive group of existing corporate partners, such as Google, Facebook, Samsung, Thomson Reuters, Barclaycard and TalkTalk.

We teach our Apps for Good students to be problem-solvers, to be inquisitive and to always be ready to pivot. We therefore value the same qualities within our team. We believe in a ‘can do’ approach and we strongly support a work/life balance. The result is an organisation that exceeds targets and achieves incredible growth whilst still socialising together at work or during a nice meal (a very important statistic about the team: two-thirds of us are foodies and love to hunt for the newest coolest restaurant in town!)

If you believe in the power of technology and education, then you will be the perfect fit within our team. We want to continue to grow and that is why we need you to help us reach out to more partners and to build long-term and mutually beneficial strategic partnerships.

We would like you to have:
  • More than 5 years demonstrable experience of working with companies to achieve income targets and build relationships (OK we know years of experience is a poor metric for talent so we are happy to hear more about how you rocked in different ways)
  • Experience in negotiating and closing £50,000-£100,000 deals
  • Experience in managing large companies and foundations (account management)
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and presentation, with the ability to network at all levels
  • An interest and understanding of the technology and education sectors in the UK
  • An experience of creating project proposals including budgets
  • A good network of prospects is desirable
Opportunity Details:

Start Date: 2nd June
Location: Old Street
Hours: Full time
Remuneration: £36,000 - £40,000

If you like us, then please let us know! Email us your CV and a cover letter to explaining why you are the right person to join our team as the Head of Business Development and we will look forward to getting to know more about you, your qualities and your passions.

Business Development Executive (fixed term 12 month contract)

Closing Date: Friday 2nd May
Interview Dates: Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th May

At Apps for Good, we are a dynamic team of passionate and innovative people, looking to welcome a Business Development Executive.

Apps for Good is a fast-growing charity that aims to change technology education forever. We are a small team that is making a huge impact. We are growing the next generation of problem-solvers and entrepreneurs, teaching young people how to be creators – and not simply consumers – of technology.

With offices based near Old Street, we are a charity with a start-up mind-set. We are hard-working, open-minded and adaptable with a ‘can do’ approach. You will be joining a close-knit, friendly and energetic company of 17 who all believe strongly in our mission and values.

We love making the most of our Tech City location. Not only by collaborating with like-minded organisations but also through enjoying our in-house ping-pong table and making regular lunch trips to the best food market in East London.

Now is the time for you to join Apps for Good, as a key member of the Business Development team. Your main job will be to manage some of our funders and build quality relationships with our impressive group of existing corporate partners, such as Google, Facebook, Samsung, Thomson Reuters, Barclaycard and TalkTalk.

If you believe in the power of technology and education, then you will be the perfect fit within our team. We want to continue to grow and that is why we need you to help us maintain and build long-term and mutually beneficial strategic partnerships.

We would like you to have:

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Excellent communication and expectation-setting skills
  • Solid relationship managing skills
  • Strong interest in innovative approaches to social change
  • Some experience creating project proposals, including budgets desirable
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Strong organisational skills

Responsibilities:

  • Compile project reports
  • Research funding opportunities and help build a pipeline of prospects
  • Support development of revenue-generation strategies
  • Support event organisation, helping to align event with Business Development goals
  • Maintain and build quality relationships to renew sponsorship and corporate partnership business

Start Date: 2nd June
Location: Old Street
Hours: Full-time
Remuneration: Competitive - depending on experience

If you like us, then please let us know! Email us your CV and a cover letter to explaining why you are the right person to join our team as the new Business Development Executive and we will look forward to getting to know more about you, your qualities and your passions.

Expert Community Manager

Closing Date: Friday 11 April

At Apps for Good, we are a dynamic team of passionate and innovative people, looking to welcome an Expert Community Manager to our team.

Since our birth in 2010, Apps for Good has undergone rapid expansion. Our impact has grown by 10,000% within four years and we aim to deliver our course to 40% of all secondary schools across the whole of the UK by 2016. However, whilst our ambition is great, we still remain a small and close-knit team of 17. We believe that through hard-work, integrity, belief in the cause and a positive mind-set, we can change education forever.

Now is the time for you to join Apps for Good and be part of the small yet energetic group of people that has and will continue to have a profound impact on the skills and prospects of young people, helping them to becoming creators – and not simply consumers – of technology.

The Apps for Good Expert programme is our voluntary scheme that brings the real world to the classroom for our students. Apps for Good Experts mentor the students throughout the course, helping students to progress or pivot their ideas and provide inspiration and motivation. Experts also give teachers a hand in tackling the more challenging areas of the course and making computing education more relevant to industry. We consider Experts to be the “secret sauce” of Apps for Good.

The Expert community is a global network of 700 technology professionals and entrepreneurs who are passionate about education technology and keen to share their skills and knowledge with our students.

As our Expert Community Manager, you will be an integral part of the Apps for Good Communications and Communities team. Your main role will be to support the Apps for Good Expert programme and the exciting community behind it, helping it grow even more and ensuring our Education Partners make the most of the Expert sessions.

We teach our Apps for Good students to be problem-solvers, to be inquisitive and to always be ready to pivot. We therefore value the same qualities within our team. We believe in a ‘can do’ approach and we strongly support a work/life balance. The result is an organisation that exceeds targets and achieves incredible growth whilst still socialising together at work or during a nice meal (a very important statistic about the team: two-thirds of us are foodies and love to hunt for the newest coolest restaurant in town!).

If you believe in the power of technology and education, then you will be the perfect fit within our team. We want to change education forever and that is why we need you to help us support and grow our Expert community.

We are looking for someone with:
  • A university degree or equivalent experience
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong organisational skills and high attention to detail
  • Problem-solver and highly motivated self-learner who relishes the chance to work independently to achieve results
  • Expertise using social media channels including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
  • Experience and/or interest in developing expertise in using online analytics tools
  • Interest and experience in the UK’s start-up and tech scene
Opportunity Details:

Start Date: ASAP
Location: Old Street
Hours: Full time, 4-6 month contract, with possibility of permanent position
Remuneration: £20-23,000 pro rata

If you like us, then please let us know! Email us your CV and a cover letter to jobs@appsforgood.org explaining why you are the right person to join our team as the new Expert Community Manager and we will look forward to getting to know more about you, your qualities and your passions.

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 .

Contact us

Office and registered address:
Apps for Good
5 Bath Street
London EC1V 9LB
0208 150 6908