App for Good youngsters to showcase their Facebook development skills

App for Good youngsters to showcase their Facebook development skills

Back in August, we reported on how Apps for Good is turning teens into mobile app developers for a better future.

Apps for Good is an initiative of CDI Europe, in partnership with Dell YouthConnect and supported by organizations such as O2, ThomsonReuters and Ogilvy.

From April- June 2010, CDI Europe ran its first pilot course with 9 unemployed young people aged 16-25 in South London. And in September 2010, an Apps for Good programme for secondary schools launched at the Central Foundation Girls School in East London, you can see a little bit more about what Apps for Good is here:

In September this year, it announced a partnership with Facebook which offered unemployed 16-25-year-olds from across London the chance to learn how to design, code and build social applications that have a positive social impact on their life and others around them.

Tomorrow sees Apps for Good host its first ‘Show and Tell’ event following the Facebook partnership, with 5 groups of young people showcasing their Facebook apps as they ‘graduate’ on the night.

The 6-week pilot course was held at the A4E Brixton Vox Centre in South London, and the students received mentoring by some of the UK’s biggest technology companies. They were taught the basics of Web development, including HTML, and learned how to use more advanced coding such as PHP for more complex apps, and SQL for databases. The youngsters even learnt how to design, create, test, release, evaluate and maintain their own Facebook apps.

Although the event is free to attend, you will be required to register in advance. Doors open at 6.30pm, and presentations will run from 7pm,  followed by refreshments and networking opportunities.

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