Transport for London (TfL) and technology education programme Apps for Good have a new partnership to help young Londoners develop valuable technology skills.
Apps for Good is an open-source technology education programme aimed at providing young people with creative, business and technical skills, particularly in low income and under-represented communities.
Participants in the new scheme will work together in teams over several months to design new apps for mobile phones and social media platforms, such as Facebook, which could work to find ways of tackling issues in their communities using TfL’s publicly available open data.
TfL and Apps for Good will aim to collaborate in four areas, covering placements and mentoring opportunities, TfL staff joining the Apps for Good experts community as volunteers, TfL collaborating with Apps for Good to develop case studies on the correct use of open data, and the partners exploring specific app projects based on the needs of both organisations.
There was a link between the two organisations last year, when as part of an Apps for Good pilot project, 14 year-old students from Featherstone High School in Southall, west London, created an innovative app named "Oyster on the Go", which offered potential users the opportunity to keep track of their Oyster balance on the move.
Kit Malthouse, deputy mayor for business and enterprise, said: “London's economic future depends on the innovation, ingenuity and skills of Londoners. We fully support this partnership as a great example of implementing the mayor’s vision to raise aspirations and digital skill levels amongst young people from all backgrounds.”