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
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.
Iris Lapinski, CEO
Iris is the CEO of Apps for Good, overseeing the organisation’s international strategic direction and expansion. During 2009, Iris led the initial 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 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. She now lives in Berlin, Germany.
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, Head of Education of Content
Rob is a self taught technologist with a passion for teaching others how to use technology to solve problems. Rob leads on the development of the Apps for Good course, teacher training resources and also overseeís strategy for the development of the Apps for Good learning platform. He joined Apps for Good in October 2011 from the Citizenship Foundation where he developed online tools to engage young people with the issues around the economic crisis.
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.
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 Manager
Inspired to get involved after attending the 2012 Apps for Good Awards, Myrian joined the team as Community Manager in November 2012. After scaling the voluntary programme with Expert mentors and developing the Fellows programme, Myrian took on the role as Data & Analysis Manager to focus on data-driven projects. Here role is to ensure that all aspects of the Apps for Good programme deliver maximum impact and to improve the organisation's delivery and work processes across the team. 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.
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.
Orrin Ward, UX/UI/Front-End Designer and Scrum Master
Orrin joined the Apps for Good team in October 2013, to work with the platform team in helping improve usability and design of the Apps for Good website Platform. Before joining Apps for Good Orrin spent three years in a startup and a year working as a designer at Absolute Radio. He loves technology and helping improve the way people can use and do things.
Eleanor Murphy, Head of International Partnerships
Eleanor joined the Apps for Good team in April 2014 to help grow global reach. She leads on International Partnerships, and draws from experiences that bridge the third sector, private companies and academia. An international development professional specialized in the Latin American region, where she mostly lived and worked from 2003 to 2013, Eleanor has developed and run a broad range of projects and programmes related to education, environment and volunteering, among other areas. She has also worked as a researcher and writer, with published articles on regional issues in Latin America, and is passionate about how we can all make a difference in our communities. Eleanor has been fortunate to live in eight countries, and is always keen to explore new places and cultures.
Jessica Hamer, Business Development Manager
Jessica joined Apps for Good to develop new business partnerships and drive fundraising. Passionate about providing equal access to excellent education, Jessica has studied the effectiveness of culturally specific education programmes in addressing differences in academic attainment, and has volunteered as a teacher, mentor and tutor with children and young people. Jessica has worked in policy and tech, on diverse issues such as minimum wage legislation and freedom of the press in Eritrea, and at companies such as LinkedIn and Microsoft.
Maxim Baczynski, Business Development Executive
Maxim joined Apps for Good as a member of the Business Development Team in November 2014. After working as a teacher on his year abroad in Russia, Maxim developed a strong interest in the future of education and particularly how technology can transform learning. Prior to joining Apps for Good, Maxim worked in project development for a charity in Madagascar, mainly focusing on fundraising from trusts, foundations and national funding bodies. He is excited to play a part in transforming education with Apps for Good.
Emily Thorburn, Education Officer
Emily joined Apps for Good in November 2014. Originally from Scotland, Emily is a recent graduate from the University of Aberdeen and is passionate about education and helping young people to reach their potential. Whilst at university, Emily volunteered at a local primary school promoting literacy programmes while also taking an active role in student media. During her university holidays, Emily spent 10 weeks in Siem Reap, Cambodia, teaching English in a local preschool. As a relatively new Londoner, Emily enjoys exploring and finding new and exciting things to do in the capital, and tweeting about her adventures along the way.
Rabya Mughal, Fellows Community Manager
Rabya joined Apps for Good in November 2014, and is currently running the Fellows Programme for former Apps for Good Students. Prior to joining Apps for Good, she studied for a Masters in Special and Inclusive Education at UCL Institute of Education, focussing on theories of self concept in adolescent psychosis. She also worked at Participle, a service design company that creates Relational Welfare projects around intractable social issues such as loneliness in old age, chronic health and unemployment. She graduated in 2007 with a BA Honours in Politics from Warwick University.
Freddie Norton, Expert Community Manager
Freddie joined the Apps for Good team in November 2014 as the new Expert Community Manager. After leaving school, Freddie worked as a freelance Entertainment & Features Researcher for Channel 4, the BBC and ITV, before going back into education to study ancient history. While gaining a 2:1 in history at Birkbeck College, University of London, Freddie also worked for the behavioural change company SHIFT, helping to launch and then scale the online archiving platform Historypin.com. Outside Apps for Good, Freddie's passions are the history of late antiquity, music and good food but not necessarily in that order!
Noreen Aldworth, Communication & Events Officer
Noreen joined the Apps for Good team in November 2014 as Communication & Events Officer. Prior to joining Apps for Good Noreen was based in Brussels where she undertook a number of events and comms roles with MedTech Europe - a pan-European trade association. Prior to this she completed a traineeship within the European Parliament in Luxembourg. Noreen has a BA in European Studies and French and an MA in Gender, Globalisation and Rights. Originally from Ireland, Noreen is a newcomer to London and enjoys exploring the city in her free time!
Meet the board
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.
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 Educations 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.
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.
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.
Founder and CEO, Zzish
Board Director, Innovation Unit
Valerie Hannon is a member of the Board of Directors of the Innovation Unit UK of which she is Co-Founder. Valerie’s focus is on supporting and sustaining radical innovation in public services. With a background in leadership of education systems, research, teaching, and capacity building, she is now an established thought leader in the field of education innovation. She is a regular keynote speaker and facilitator at international conferences and workshops. Valerie’s publications include Learning A Living: radical innovation in education for work (Bloomsbury, 2012) as lead author; and Redesigning Education: shaping learning systems around the globe (Booktrope, May 2013) which she co-authored.
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.
Craig Crawford, Special Adviser
A dynamic, enthusiastic and collaborative IT strategist, Craig Crawford has 30 years experience in global fashion brands. A creative within IT, Craig is often referred to as ìthe right brain of IT,î making decisions that change the face of Information Technology with improved business connectivity through digital innovation that differentiates brands, driving momentum and growth. For the past seven years as Burberryís VP IT Strategy, Architecture, Relationships, he united C-level executives in Marketing, Creative, Merchandising/Planning, Supply Chain and Information Technology driving Burberryís digital transformation internally and at retail. Prior to his UK relocation, Craig provided turnkey technology solutions for New York based brands Tory Burch, Liz Claiborne, and the Gap. Craig attended the University of Virginia and holds a Double Degree: B.A. English Literature and B.A. Rhetoric and Communications Studies.
Jim Knight, Special Adviser The Rt Hon Lord Knight of Weymouth
Jim Knight is the Managing Director of Online Learning at TES Global Ltd, where he has built an online teacher development platform. He is a member of the House of Lords and a visiting Professor at the London Knowledge Lab of the Institute of Education. As a minister his portfolios included rural affairs, schools, digital and employment. He attended weekly Cabinet 2009-2010, before joining the Lords after the 2010 General Election. Jim is also involved in developing solar powered digital projectors for wireless use with iPads in schools in Africa and Asia, and on malaria diagnosis using smartphones. He is chair of the Tinder Foundation and deputy chair of the Nominet Trust.
Apps for Good is a young and fast-growing charity that aims to change technology education forever. We are building the next generation of problem-solvers and entrepreneurs, teaching young people how to be creators – and not simply consumers – of technology.
Since our foundation in 2010, Apps for Good has undergone rapid expansion and our impact has grown by 10,000% within four years. But we aren’t stopping there. This year we are expanding internationally and we aim to partner with 40% of all UK secondary schools by 2016.
With offices based near Old Street, we are a charity with a start-up mind-set. Whilst our ambition is great, we remain a close-knit, friendly and energetic company who all believe strongly in our mission and values.
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, solving problems as a team and having a work/life balance. The result is an organisation that exceeds targets and achieves incredible growth whilst still socialising together at work and having a drink together on a Friday evening.
If you believe in the power of technology and education, then you will be the perfect fit within our team.
We are hosting a Recruitment Event for invited candidates for our current vacancies on the evening of Tuesday 7 October.
Positions we're currently hiring for:
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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