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Launch of competition to get a not-for-profit app built for free

Tech agency Studio Graphene has launched Build My App 2019, offering to build a not-for-profit app – completely free of charge – to the winner of its competition.

The London-based firm is calling for people to offer their not-for-profit app idea that will deliver immediate and positive change for good. Judging the applications based on how well thought-out, simple and effective the proposition is, Studio Graphene will select one idea and build the app for free.

Entries for Build My App 2019 are open until this Friday (29 March) and Studio Graphene is calling for submissions from the general public, entrepreneurs, startups or innovation teams from larger organisations. The winning idea will be announced on Friday 5 April.

Studio Graphene is encouraging applicants 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 pressing social issue.

More information about the competition can be found here.

Last year’s Build My App competition received more than 50 entries. The winner was the charity Signalong and in the three days during London Tech Week, Studio Graphene built the charity an app, which enables people to take a photo of an object and then learn the sign language for that item.

Studio Graphene runs the Build My App initiative to show how organisations can effectively harness the power of technology to improve the way they engage with wider society in a cost-effective manner. The company believes that affordable and accessible digital solutions can help organisations become more sustainable in the long-term.

Ritam Gandhi, founder and director of Studio Graphene, said: “Tech is undoubtedly a force for good, enabling people to do things that were previously thought impossible. But we’re yet to see the full benefits that can be offered from tech in addressing social issues.

“Build My App aims to change all this. Not only are we passionate about building an amazing not-for-profit app that can deliver positive social change, but we want to show individuals and organisations that brilliant tech products can be developed in a cost and time effective manner.

“We’re delighted with the response of the inaugural Build My App competition and are delighted to bring it back in 2019 – I look forward to seeing the ideas that are entered this time around!”