Transforming Education – Apps for Good – a Platform for Innovation
One of the areas we have been interested in for some time is the long term future of education and how we can transform systems around the world to equip children and adults for a changing world. One of the initiatives that has impressed us most is Apps for Good http://www.appsforgood.org/. Apps for Good is an education initiative that enables young people from 11 to 18 years old to develop their digital skills and knowledge, and create exciting new apps for mobile phones, tablets and social media platforms. Fast Future has just started discussions with Apps for Good around how they can scale up their initiative and platforms to serve a much larger audience and cover a wider range of educational topics.
The goal of this not for profit initiative is to offer an open-source technology education movement which partners with formal and informal education organisations to train educators to deliver courses to young people that teach them about technology, problem solving and entrepreneurship through the medium of learning how to write apps. The courses cover all key aspects of new product development, from idea generation, feasibility and deciding on business models to product design and marketing. Young people work together as teams to find real issues they want to tackle and how best to solve them through apps. Through this, they unlock and explore their talents, passions and skills.
Launched in March 2010, Apps for Good worked with 97 schools, 6,200 students and 150 experts. For the 2013/2014 academic year this will grow to 400 schools and 20,000 students supported by 800 educators and 400 experts. The goal is to increase this to 50,000 students in 1,000 schools for 2014 / 2015.
As a not for profit organisation, they are always looking for support and assistance. They are currently looking for schools and experts who want to be part of their programme and for people to support current and future events through provision of skills, services and sponsorship in areas such as event filming and photography, printing, WiFi provision, catering and accommodation for the student finalists. If you can help please contact Heather Picov firstname.lastname@example.org