July 26, 2011
Apps for Good: Bottom-up technological innovation by youth
Putting technology in the hands of youth is not new. However, putting technology into the hands of the underprivileged or unemployed is a more recent development. Apps for Good is part of that trend, working with students in East and South London to come up with applications (apps) that are homegrown, developed by and for the target audience. Dowser.org reports.
...Iris Lapinski , who serves as the head of the Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI) in the UK, has already signed with nearly three dozen schools across the UK to run a technology-savvy course where students are encouraged to formulate an idea for an app, do the market research, and then implement it, building a prototype that they can then pitch to a Dragon's Den-like panel of business and IT experts.
According to Lapinski, this is not just a program about technology and building apps; itís also about understanding what matters to youth, what affects the life of, for example, a young Muslim girl in East London. She hopes the program gives them practical skills and encourages them to be more confident and entrepreneurial.
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