We provide free courses for teachers to use in their classroom. Our course content helps 10-18 year-olds to build mobile apps and IoT (internet of things) products. Our Expert volunteers support teachers, inspire students, and offer real-world experience in the classroom.
In our courses, students work together in teams to find issues they care about. Students go through all key aspects of new product development, from idea generation, technical feasibility and programming to product design, deciding on business models and marketing.
We help young people make their future with new technology.
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 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.
We are building a new model of education, where young people learn in more exciting and productive ways.
We hope you'll join us.
Iris Lapinski, Founder & CEO
Iris is the founder and CEO of Apps for Good, overseeing the organisation’s strategic 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 dropped out of an electronic engineering degree but then completed a undergraduate degree in cultural studies in Germany and a master’s degree in Human Rights from the London School of Economics. Iris has 2 young daughters and now lives in Berlin, Germany.
Heather Picov, UK Managing Director
Heather is UK Managing Director, overseeing UK strategy and operations. Heather joined Apps for Good in 2013 and led communications, events and communities strategies, helping the charity grow from 5,600 to 25,000+ students and launch the Fellowship Programme, its newest offering to help young people become leaders and innovators. Prior to this, Heather managed social innovation and education programmes with partners that included Unilever, Coca-Cola and the Mayor of London and worked in policy development and issues management.
Natalie Moore, Head of Education & Events
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.
Sophie Ball, Head of UK 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.
Freddie Norton, Acting Head of Fellowship & Experts
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!
Amy Schumacher, Head of Fellows & Communications (maternity leave)
Amy is growing our Fellowship, which offers continued experience to Apps for Good students. Previously, she developed youth-engagement programmes for BeatBullying and the music education charity Sound Connections. With support from Royal Bank of Scotland, Amy launched the Wired4Music Leadership Programme incubating young creative entrepreneurs. Before Apps for Good, Amy was at UnLtd building an international network for social entrepreneurship supporters. A former educator herself, Amy taught vulnerable young people in New York City and ran teacher-training initiatives in Ghana. She’s a classically trained saxophonist, and has traveled to almost 40 countries.
Verity Williams, Finance Manager (maternity leave)
Verity joined Apps for Good in November 2015. Prior to this she had worked for GE Healthcare for 16 years where she held a number of senior finance positions. Verity is a School Governor for a school close to her home, where she holds the position of Christian Link Governor and also Chairs the Finance & Resources committee. Verity has two young children and a dog and in her spare time likes to explore the countryside with her family.
Donna Hay, Senior Learning Manager
Donna joined Apps for Good in July 2015. She has a degree in Computer Science and worked for HSBC for 13 years in a variety of roles including Project Manager, Systems Analyst and Programmer before retraining as a secondary school teacher in 2005. She was a Subject Leader for Computing for five years prior to joining Apps for Good, and has also worked with student teachers as part of the Bath Spa University PGCE team. Originally from Manchester, Donna now lives in Weston super Mare. She has three daughters and is ‘geeky grandma’ to three grandchildren.
Fergus Knight, Business Development Executive
Whilst completing an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Cultural Studies, Fergus developed a strong interest in the relationship that digital technology has with society. As a result, he became interested in the tech start-up world straight out of university and worked at a mobile health start-up from pre-funding to commercial release between early 2014 and the end of 2015. Fergus joined the Business Development Team in January 2016 with the goal of using his newly found skill set within a third-sector organisation, with an emphasis on access to technology. When not at work, you'll most likely find Fergus cooking or catching up with film and TV.
Noam Sohachevsky, Service Designer
Noam joined Apps for Good in June 2017. In 2001, Noam co-founded Mint Digital, a successful startup studio in London and New York. He has a wealth of experience designing and delivering digital products and services across sectors. Noam moved on from Mint at the end of 2016, seeking new challenges in the “tech for good” space. He's passionate about educating the next generation of designers, and runs Design Thinking workshops for children, nurturing empathy, collaboration, and problem-solving skills. Noam lives in west London with his wife, daughter, and bouncy miniature schnauzer.
Li-Li Bennett, Admin & Finance Officer
Li-Li joined the Apps for Good team in September 2017 as Admin & Finance Officer. Originally from East London, Li-Li graduated from Lancaster University with 1st class honours in English Language and Literature where she studied many teaching modules such as 'Contemporary Issues and Debates in 21st Century Education' and 'Language and Pedagogic Practice'. Li-Li also works as a private tutor, specialising in teaching English. Prior to joining Apps for Good, Li-Li worked for the editorial team at Thomson Reuters Practical Law. When not at work, Li-Li can be found chasing after her toddler, Taro.
Sarah Wisbey, Communications & Events Manager
Sarah joined Apps for Good to curate the 2017 Annual Awards and was so inspired by the students and their work she stayed on as the Comms & Events Manager. She comes from a background of organising not for profit events for the National Citizen Service. Prior to that she was teaching at a Hong Kong university and heading up their international events team. She spends her spare time exploring new countries, often by bike!
Reinhard Gorenflos, Chairman Board of Trustees & Council of Members
Reinhard dedicates most of his time to philanthropy and social entrepreneurship. He is Founder and CEO of Tua Res Foundation dedicated to promoting the education of vulnerable girls in Burkina Faso, Western Africa. Founded in 2012, Tua Res has so far supported about 5000 girls and their families through a combination of practical support like food aid for families, clothes, school materials, and school fees as well as learning support via tuition classes, English excellence classes and IT training, professional and entrepreneurship training as well as university scholarships.
Previously, He pursued a career in consulting, corporate management and in private equity, including service as CFO of ARAL AG, Germany, and twelve years with private equity firm KKR & Co, London, where he was partner and member of the global portfolio management committee. Reinhard has been named by the World Economic Forum as one of “100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow”. Born in Bangkok he studied Economics, History and Public Administration at Freiburg and Paris Universities and at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Valerie Hannon, Trustee & Member
Valerie 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.
Andrea Sinclair, Trustee & Member
Andrea is an entrepreneur with a record of achievement and dedication to social good demonstrated by her experience in leadership roles at organisations as diverse as Great British Chefs, Homeless World Cup Supporters Club and Pilotlight. While Andrea attained an MSc in Chemical Engineering, she has made her career as a business leader, embodying the combination of STEM skills, entrepreneurial spirit and social mindedness Apps for Good hopes to instil in students.
Charles Leadbeater, Member
Charles' theories on innovation have compelled some of the world's largest organisations 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.
Gi Fernando, Member
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.
Mohima Ahmed, Member
Mohima attended the first ever Apps for Good course taught in a school. A former Apps for Good student from Central Foundation Girls School in Tower Hamlets, she has just completed a bachelor degree in biomedical engineering at Imperial College London.
Debbie Forster, Member
Debbie Forster is formerly the co-CEO of Apps for Good and led the roll-out of the programme in the UK, helping the programme to reach over 75,000 students over 5 years. Debbie was awarded an MBE in January 2017 for services to Digital Technology and Tech Development and was presented the Woman of the Year Award at the WISE Awards 2016 in recognition of her work to ‘inspire increased diversity in business and help all generations overcome perception barriers’. Computer Weekly has named her as one of the '25 Most Influential Women in UK IT' for 2014, 2015 and 2016. She now works as a freelance consultant and serves on the boards of several organisations.
Jim Knight, Member, The Rt Hon Lord Knight of Weymouth
Jim is Chief Education and External Officer at TES Global currently living in London, United Kingdom. He also chairs XRapid.com - moving towards offering free malaria diagnosis across the globe. Jim is a former UK Government minister and current member of the House of Lords. His interests range from technology and change to education. And Jim is also interested in literature, politics, and soccer.
Guilherme Collares Pereira, Member
Guilherme is Director of International Relations and Access to Energy at EDP, Energias de Portugal in Lisbon, Portugal. EDP is an energy integrated utility, being a worldwide leader in renewable energy with an extensive track-record in the energy sector. Prior to joining EDP as the Social Innovation Director at the EDP Foundation in 2007, Guilherme successfully ran his own businesses in competitive, dynamic first line sectors, also heading various Business Associations in Portugal and abroad. Guilherme holds a Master Degree in Entrepreneurial Sustainability Business and Environment (INDEG); Post-Graduate in International Economy – European High Studies Diploma (University of Nancy II – France); Business Management Degree (University of Lisbon). He is part of Apps for Good and CDI Portugal because he thinks that in today's world students learn how to read, but not how to relate.
Jamie Brooker, Member
Jamie is Co-Founder of Kahoot!, one of the world’s fastest growing learning brands used globally by millions each day. Jamie held the position of Chief Creative Officer, leading Kahoot!’s product and creative teams until May 2017, when he stepped away from day-to-day operations. Under Jamie’s creative leadership Kahoot! grew from an idea, into a platform used by 50 million unique people every month. Jamie is also a Founding Partner of We Are Human, where he’s now spending his time helping other purpose driven organisations grow and become sustainable. Using design thinking processes, he helps build brands that improve people’s lives and tackle some of humanity’s greatest challenges. An advocate of play and a designer by background, Jamie has created people-centric experiences for brands such as Mercedes, BBC and Unilever - covering gaming, learning and behaviour change.
Petros Demetriades, Member
Petros is Co-Founder and CTO at Molo, a FinTech start-up aiming at revolutionising mortgages in the UK that was founded in 2017. He is an IT Entrepreneur and executive with 34 years of technical experience and 18 years of senior IT leadership experience. Petros co-founded two tech-businesses and was a founding team member of an on-line insurance company. He has solid theoretical computing foundations (BSc Software Engineering and PhD in Computer Science), strong technical knowledge and substantial hands-on experience of most IT and software engineering procedures.
Martha Lane Fox, Special Adviser, Baroness Lane Fox of Soho
Martha is founder and executive chair of Doteveryone.org.uk. In April 2016 she was appointed as a non-executive director of Twitter. Martha became a crossbench peer in the UK House of Lords in March 2013. In March 2014 she was appointed Chancellor of the Open University. Martha co- founded and chairs LuckyVoice, revolutionising the karaoke industry. She is a non-executive director of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Creative industries federation, the Scale Up Institute and the Open Data Institute. In 2007 Martha founded her own charitable foundation Antigone and also serves as a Patron of AbilityNet, Reprieve, Camfed and Just for Kids Law. In 2013 Martha was awarded a CBE. In 1998. Martha co-founded Europe’s largest travel and leisure website, lastminute.com with Brent Hoberman. They took it public in 2000 and sold it in 2005.
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 Apps for Good is to help our award-winning apps reach at least one million downloads.
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 "the right brain of IT", making decisions that change the face of Information Technology with improved business connectivity through digital innovation that differentiates brands, driving momentum and growth. For seven years as Burberry's VP IT Strategy, Architecture, Relationships, he united C-level executives in Marketing, Creative, Merchandising/Planning, Supply Chain and Information Technology driving Burberry’s 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.
Apps for Good is an award-winning and fast-growing charity that is powering young people to change their world with technology. Since our launch in 2010, we’ve reached over 75,000 students in 1500 schools globally, helping young people learn to turn bright ideas into real technology products.
With offices based near Old Street in Central London, we are a charity with a start-up mindset. Whilst our ambition is great and we now have team members working remotely across the UK, Europe and the US, we remain a close-knit, friendly and energetic company who all believe passionately in our mission and values.
If you believe in the power of technology and education, then you will be the perfect fit within our team.