The Apps for Good story begins in 1995, Rio de Janeiro; Rodrigo Baggio founded CDI. His vision was that young people could be empowered to change the world through technology. Fast forward to 2009, when Iris Lapinski completed a feasibility study, funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, with the CDI team. The outcome; the founding of Apps for Good.
The course piloted in South London in 2010 with support from Dell. Just nine students, one educator, three experts and three apps were involved in this first iteration of the course. By 2011, 38 schools in England had launched the course. When UK Education Secretary Michael Gove announced a major change to the ICT curriculum in schools in 2012 Apps for Good was mentioned as a best practice example.
Now, in 2017, 100,000 students have participated in the Apps for Good course. With a new IoT course pilot completed this year, we are now working on new courses to ensure students' projects continue to be relevant in an ever-changing future.