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, 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

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

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.

Patrick Scott

Patrick Scott, Education Community Officer

Patrick joined Apps for Good in September 2017 having completing undergraduate and postgraduate history degrees at the University of Reading. He first moved to London to work in a social housing organisation, where he was responsible for projects focused on local enterprise and improving links within the local business community. Patrick's interest in education grew through a summer teaching placement in Thailand. He enjoys using a creative mindset when working with teachers at Apps for Good. His other passions include dogs, music and food; he can make a really good chilli!

Li-Li Bennett

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

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!

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.

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.

Jim Knight

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

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.

Jaimie Brooker

Jaimie 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

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

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

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.

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.

Positions we're currently hiring for:

View more info

Education Community Officer

Location: Farringdon, London
Renumeration: £21,000 - £23,000
Start Date: Ideally early February
Closing Date: Friday 12 January 2018

We’re looking for a new Education Community Officer to join our team to support and grow our community of teachers. You will be the face of Apps for Good for our teachers, problem solving with them and ensuring they have the support they need to deliver the course. You will also help with the recruitment of new teachers and undertake campaigns and communications to keep teachers engaged and excited about our programme.

We’re looking for someone who’s enthusiastic about working with teachers and helping them make the most of Apps for Good. Don’t worry if you lack computing knowledge or background - we offer lots of support, so all you need is a willingness to learn more about our courses.

Your responsibilities:

  • Manage and build quality relationships with our community of teachers
  • Support the development and implementation of communications plan and create engaging regular teacher communications, including newsletters and course updates
  • Lead on day-to-day communications with teachers, managing all inbound enquiries via phone, email and Intercom chat
  • Track and manage data related to teacher sign up and course delivery
  • Support teachers with key course milestones, including requesting Experts, hosting and attending events and entering the Apps for Good Awards
  • Support the development and implementation of a recruitment strategy to engage new teachers
  • Represent Apps for Good at events (with support and opportunities to deliver presentations if you’re interested)
  • Manage the sign-up process of all new teachers

We would like you to have:

  • Evident interest in education and enthusiasm for working with teachers
  • Outstanding organisation skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Effective time management
  • Positive, creative and flexible approach to problem-solving
  • Great interpersonal and teamwork skills, with the ability to work across the team and with external organisations
  • Great self-starter who can oversee projects from start to finish
  • Interest in working with online communities
  • University degree or equivalent experience
  • Experience of presenting at events/conferences (desirable)
  • Interest in the tech education sector (desirable)

Opportunity Details:

This is a full-time role based in our office in Farringdon, London. We offer flexible working, health care insurance and generous holiday allowance, plus you get your birthday off.

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 Education Community Officer and we look forward to getting to know more about you.

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