Empowering Britain’s Youth To Make Apps That Work For Them [PSFK LONDON]
As COO of Apps for Good, Debbie Forster has the unique job of Helping young UKers youth to actively better their local communities through technology.
What could be the best job on the planet? For Debbie Forster, it’s being COO at Apps for Good, where she has the opportunity to support young people on owning ‘the why’ of entrepreneurship and support efforts to get their ideas out there.
At the PSFK CONFERENCE LONDON 2012, Forster introduced the program as the off spring of a partnership between CDI Europe and Dell. With a goal of galvanizing interest from young UK students in technological opportunities and social enterprise, the company focuses first on the individual. With the average student as young as 14 years old, each individual learns how to think both as a consumer and creator. Pupils are trained to adopt a ‘start-up machine mentality,’ including the notion of ‘pivoting’ an idea through trial and error.
Since launching in 2010, this award winning course has demonstrated 10,000% growth, guiding each student through 5 points in the development cycle: Problem Discovery, Research, Solution Design, Product Design and Build & Test.
Quoting Goethe, Forster said, “Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” The program focuses on community betterment and looks to some of the ideas that have come out of the nation’s most promising minds: CyberMentors (an anti-bullying app), Transit (an app to help teachers, doctors and professionals communicate with the Bengali-speaking community) and StudioPhyly (an location based app that allows aspiring musicians to uncover recording studios or equipment).
Right now, Apps for Good only accommodates the Android market, but 5,000 students have been involved and continue to strive towards becoming tomorrow’s entrepreneurs.
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