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London-based firm to build not for profit app for free

4th June 2018
Anna Flockett

Studio Graphene has launched a new initiative called Build My App, which will see the digital agency develop a not for profit app free of charge in just three days. The London-based firm, which builds blank canvas tech products, is calling for entrants to propose a not for profit app idea that will help bring about positive social change.

Judging the applications based on their feasibility and potential impact for good, Studio Graphene will select one app idea and build it for free. Applicants are encouraged to think outside of the box by considering how existing technology can be used in new, fun or innovative ways to promote a function that will have a strong, positive and immediate impact on a social issue.

Entries closed on the 21st May, but Studio Graphene did welcome submissions from the general public, solo founders and entrepreneurs, startups, charities, and innovation teams from larger organisations. The winning idea will be announced on Tuesday 5th June, with the app being built for free and launched at Apps World Evolution 2018 – the event runs from 12th to 14th June as part of London Tech Week. 

Studio Graphene launched Build My App to show how organisations can effectively harness the power of technology to improve the way they engage with wider civil society in a cost-effective manner. The company will demonstrate that affordable digital solutions can be quickly built to a high standard in order to help organisations become more sustainable in the long-term.

Ritam Gandhi, Founder and Director of Studio Graphene, said: “Tech has the ability to positively transform the world on an unprecedented scale, particularly when it comes to addressing social challenges. While commercial technology has dramatically altered the way businesses and organisations operate and engage with their audiences, we are yet to see the same innovation in addressing social issues, such as in the charity sector. 

“Build My App seeks to change all this. We believe that tech companies with the skill-set and capability to deliver digital solutions should support not for profit causes as part of their social responsibility. This is why we have launched this competition, ensuring an idea with the potential to have a really positive social impact can come into being.”

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