A new initiative known as 'Apps For Good' aims to get kids learning key design and development skills, by having them compete against each other to create the best possible app. The finalists gathered in front of press today to present their apps, which offered everything from oyster credit updates to a way of tracking your moodswings.
The Apps For Good initiative was introduced by Eidos President-For-Life Ian Livingstone, who bemoaned the lack of exciting and engaging IT training in schools. "You get taught how to use Word and Excel, which is a useful skill but it doesn't teach you how to create," Ian said in his keynote speech.
We had the chance to check out all of the apps at the event, held in the BT Tower. 'Oyster On The Go' should interest Londoners, allowing you to scan your oyster card using an NFC phone to check your balance, and even get notifications when your credit runs low. ‘Promise Keeper’ helps you to keep track of commitments, which could dig you out of/into tons of trouble with the other half.
‘RMBme’ is a memory-jogger that uses images taken with your smartphone to remind you of great times, and ‘Feelings in a Flash’ helps you to track your highs and lows, which could lead to a mad scattergram if teenagers use it for a few hours. ‘Beat the Book’, ‘Mapp Your Way’ and ‘Weather Birds’ round off the competition.
All of these apps are available right now to download on the Google Play store and Blackberry’s App World.