What we do

Courses that inspire

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.

Our Vision

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.

Read about what we've achieved in our 2013/14 Impact Report and 2013/14 Annual Report.

Meet the team

Iris Lapinski

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Donna Hay, Education Content 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

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.

Meet the board

Reinhard Gorenflos

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

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

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.

Rodrigo Baggio

Rodrigo Baggio, Founder member

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, pioneer in digital inclusion in Latin America and in 20 years it has impacted more than 1.64 million people. 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. Rodrigo is CEO of Tendrel a global professional association for entrepreneurs committed to impact.

Charles Leadbeater

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

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

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

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.

Martha Lane Fox

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.

Jim Knight

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.

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 Apps for Good is to help our award-winning apps reach at least one million downloads.

Craig Crawford

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.

Katelyn Donnelly

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.

Larry Hirst

Larry Hirst, Special Adviser

Until his retirement from IBM, after 33 years, in July 2010, Larry Hirst was chairman of IBM Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He represented IBM to the European Commission and other authorities such as NATO and the EDA on issues of international public policy and business regulation. He has been Chairman of the Transition to Teaching Committee and a Commissioner for the Governments Employment and Skills Council. Chairman of the UK Trade and Investment Executive Board. Chairman of e-skills the Sector Skills Council from 2003-2010. He is a non-executive director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee of ARM Holdings Plc and the Senior Independent Director of MITIE Group plc, the facilities, property and asset management company. He is an adjunct Professor and Chairman of the Data Sciences Institute at Imperial College, an ambassador to the Everywoman company and Black British Business. He is a member of the Government Cyber Research Council. From 2009-2014, he was a private sector Business Ambassador appointed by the Prime Minister.

Careers

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.

Find out more about what it’s like to work at Apps for Good and hear from team members Liam and Antonella.

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Our Story

1995

1995
Rodrigo Baggio founds CDI in Rio de Janeiro Brazil with the vision to empower young people to use technology to change the world

Sep 2009

September 2009
Iris Lapinski completes feasibility study with the CDI team and funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation resulting in the creation of Apps for Good

March 2010

March 2010
With the support from Dell, Apps for Good launches as a pilot course at High Trees community centre in South London with nine students, one educator, three experts and three apps. Stop&Search catches public interest

September 2010

September 2010
Apps for Good launches as an after school club at the Central Foundation School for Girls in Tower Hamlets, East London, with 25 students and one Apps for Good alumni trained as an educator and five visiting experts

February 2011

February 2011
Our first school Dragon’s Den event results in the Transit and Buzzer Buddiez apps winning

July 2011

July 2011
CyberMentors and SeedMny win the next Dragons Den. We kick-off the first Facebook app course pilot during the holidays with the Homework app team

September 2011

September 2011
We launch in 38 schools in England with 1,250 students and 30 experts

January 2012

January 2012
UK Education Secretary Michael Gove announces a major change to the ICT curriculum in schools and mentions Apps for Good as a best practice example

May 2012

May 2012
Bob Schukai, Apps for Good expert and Global Head of Mobile at Thomson Reuters, travels from New York City to Cumbria to give an expert session

June 2012

June 2012
7 student teams win the first national Apps for Good competition: PromiseKeeper, Oyster on the Go, Weatherbirds, RMBme, Feelings in a Flash, Beat the Book and MappYourWay

September 2012

September 2012
Apps for Good grows to 97 schools with 6,200 students on courses and 150 experts, with the majority of courses run as part of school timetables

January 2013

January 2013
Six Apps for Good schools also run the Facebook app test course

June 2013

June 2013
Our first combined Apps for Good Conference and Awards bring together students, experts, educators, partners and alumni in Techcity, London

September 2013

September 2013
17,000 students in 230 schools start their Apps for Good course with 800 educators who tap into more than 400 industry experts

September 2014

September 2014
Over 20,000 students in 400 schools, colleges and informal learning centres start on the Apps for Good journey by creating mobile, social and web apps

September 2020

September 2020
Apps for Good is truly a global technology education movement to change the world – an app at a time

Contact us

Office and registered address:
Apps for Good
White Bear Yard, Second floor
144a Clerkenwell Road
London, EC1R 5DF
0208 150 6908
contact@appsforgood.org