That’s right people, we’ve been doing it for the kids. Again! January 2014 marks four years collaboration with Apps for good at the launch party for this year's winning teams, including 2 apps built by us.
Apps for Good is an open-source technology education movement which enables and encourages school children to think of digital solutions to help solve problems that their communities face. Apps for good entered the UK in 2010 to run a pilot course at Tall Trees in South London (See video of Charlie with Apps for Good founding members) and by 2013 was working with 20,000 students across 230 schools under the healm of the amazing Iris Lapinski.
During their course the students submit their ideas and the winning teams get their projects made by skilful and dedicated dev teams – aka us! We've built a number of apps for winners in years gone by, you can read about the last Promise Keeper app.
Supportive Schedule is an app which helps people with learning difficulties and Alzhiemers plan their day. By setting tasks such as brushing teeth, and using a cash machine, this app not only helps enable individuals with organisational difficulties be more independent, but also helps the carers and the individuals add new tasks and track progress by allowing them to export the complete and non-complete tasks.
Social Bank helps children to save their pocket money on and visualise what they are spending it on, like a handy digital abacus. It is integrated with Facebook and Twitter of course.
Rudy, one of our Senior Project Managers, oversaw the delivery of these apps and reckoned that the most challenging part in Supportive Schedule was the repeat and creation of a new task from template, whereas for Social Bank - he had to be extra careful where people's money was involved! Those kids kept him busy, 'it was a very rewarding experience, these kids are coming up with new ideas - which are extremely practical in real life situations, it is very encouraging to see and puts our creative digital industry in a very strong position for future ventures'.