Apps for Good

Rodrigo Baggio
Ashoka Fellow and Rodrigo Baggio, who was named by the World Economic Forum as one of the “100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow”, and by Time Magazine as one of the 50 leaders in Latin America that will make a difference in the third millennium. In 2013 he won Google Global Impact Awards.

Technology training programme that promotes entrepreneurship with a social focus. Young people identify problems in their environment and propose a solution through the development of a mobile app.

Impact indicators
  • In 2015, there were 22,987 students (over 45,000 since 2010). 
  • 809 educational partners. 
  • 1,253 volunteer experts from the ICT sector participating from 40 countries.
  • 41% of students are girls, even when the rate is usually 17%.
  • 82% of students are aged between 12 and 14 years old.
Implementation progress

The organisation Mobile World Capital Barcelona, with the participation of GSMA, the Generalitat of Catalonia and the Barcelona City Council, was inspired by this model to launch the mSchools programme and the optional subject "Movilicemos la informática” (mobilising IT) in schools in Catalonia in 2013.

Moreover, after the experience of the “Desafío Educación” (Education Challenge), the Fundación Telefónica supported a pilot project to implement the original Apps for Good model in schools in the regions of Madrid and Murcia during the 2014-2015 academic year.

2014-2015  academic year:

Successful participation in the optional subject "Movilicemos la informática":

  • 302 participating schools in Catalonia
  • 11,150 participating students of 4th year of ESO
  • launch of a pilot project with 524 students of Ciclo Formativo de Grado Medio (intermediate level vocational training)

In 2014, mSchools received the recognition 'Impulsors de la innovació social' by Barcelona City Council.

In the Community of Madrid and in Murcia, participating in the pilot project were:

  • 23 schools (15 in Madrid and 8 in Murcia)
  • 41 teachers
  • 787 students between children and young people