London apps launch event

Apps for Good

Last month, our Thomson Reuters office in Canary Wharf hosted the launch of the winning apps from the 2013 Apps for Good competition held last summer. These apps are built by third parties who are really good at working with the kids, refining their winning concepts, and turning them into finished products for the GooglePlay store, although one actually also launched on iOS. We had such a huge turnout for the event, that at one point, the security team was having to hold guests in the lobby until others left to prevent going over maximum occupancy! I owe a special thanks to the Canary Wharf security and catering staff for their hard work all day and to Patrick Webb and Karen McArthur for their support on the ground!

All of the apps can be downloaded from this link as well as apps from previous years. There is also a very nice press release that AfG put out here. I thought it was also very cool that John Thurso, the MP for Caithness, Sutherland, and Easter Ross (the area where our Wick High School kids are from) came to the event and was truly impressed by what he saw. It was a real pleasure to meet and speak with him about this program.

I thought I’d also share with you some of the other press that the kids received as a part of the launch of their apps in local and national media:

Schoolchildren create financial apps with support of Barclaycard – Telegraph

Finextra: Barclaycard gets down with the kids in Apps for Good challenge

Mobile app designed by Leeds school students being launched on market – Yorkshire Evening Post

School Report – Young farmers win award for designing cattle management app

Stratford Herald – Local news for Stratford-upon-Avon – Shottery girls launch award-winning app to the public

Three years in and I still enjoy being a part of this organization. It is so cool that we have so many mentors from across the company. I’ve also been asked about this program going international – AfG is now looking at taking this model to the U.S., and I think it is something that would really energize our communities. If you’re based in the UK and interested in either hosting a work placement or internship for kids in the program or soon to graduate, please feel free to get in touch with me.

Apps for Good