Our 2023 Impact Journey
The skills that matter
So the best part was working together as a team. And obviously, like having the sessions come together and put all our ideas together ... .I think it's made me have quite a lot of skills, and it set me up for the future. And I know that if I was to ever do something like this, again, I have the skills that I need to do it.
Before we did Apps for Good, I didn’t know I could actually change the world and make it a better place. It had an impact on me. I feel that Apps for Good really changed my mind about technology, helping change the world.
I definitely say it helped me with my confidence a lot more because I used to be someone who didn't really speak up. But now I'm starting to join a lot more speaking clubs. And now I'm able to talk on a wider variety of issues.
Inspired by Industry
Industry engagement helps young people by exposing them to real-world experience and provides them with opportunities to gain practical knowledge. It not only helps them in building connections and networking but also helps them in developing specific skills at an early age.
I'm really interested in engineering and computer science as a whole. And this course just made me want to get a career in computer science.
It was also like challenging in the sense of, we got to talk to a lot of people that we don't usually talk to, so it was good for us… it gave us an opportunity to step outside of our comfort zone, and talk to people about our ideas and express our opinions.
I learned how to present to someone out of school, and I've learned to get the confidence to speak to someone. And I think this would actually very much help me with the future presentations that I do, and any job applications and presentations.
There was a group of girls and their idea was brilliant. It was about an app that would study your skin tone, and give you advice on makeup, according to your skin tone, your race, your ethnicity… They just stood out to me, because they were very intelligent, really switched on. They really had a genuinely good idea.
I can highly recommend volunteering with Apps for Good having done four sessions with different schools this year. The app ideas are amazing and the young people get so much out of our feedback and it's an absolute privilege to be just a small part of their development at such an important age. I'm looking forward to seeing all of their ideas come together in this year's Showcase!
This is such a unique and standout feature of the Apps for Good Course. The mere fact that the students know their ideas will need to be pitched to someone outside of their class drives motivation and gives them a purpose to sharpen their ideas. The session itself immerses the students in an environment similar to a business meeting and so the experience of actively listening to each other and the industry professional is invaluable.
Encouraging Independent Learning
My mum was at a loss of how to help her and there was very little support from doctors or any other services. My Mum would research but it took her a long time. Awful things would happen like putting vanish stain remover in her tea and my mum felt at a loss at how to prevent these things from happening.
We are dealing with a substantial and severe issue in the world that affects lots of people, and this must be resolved. So, we want to ensure that the stigma is brought to the surface, and using technology is the perfect way to do this.
The Apps for Good course made us think of a range of factors that contribute to the climate crisis. We often think it’s largely down to big business and industry - but it made us think closer to home about things we have direct control over.