Galp's area at the last edition of the Web Summit was the stage for launching the 8th edition of the Apps for Good initiative, an educational technology programme operated by CDI Portugal, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) working in the fields of social inclusion and digital innovation, which will have well-being and climate change as its theme. The initiative will run throughout the next academic year and will, for the first time, be implemented simultaneously in Portugal and the UK. As João Baracho, from CDI Portugal, explained to Energiser, the aim is "to increase the value and leverage more sustainable attitudes and behaviours in young people". The NGO's executive director recalls that over the past seven school years, the Apps for Good initiative has already impacted 26,300 students and 110 teachers, from 710 schools across the country.
Galp renews its partnership with the initiative and puts in place the innovation team responsible for its open innovation platform Upcoming Energies, which, along with schools, will help teachers and students to successfully complete this challenge. "We will work with children, between the ages of 5 and 12, to develop apps that help solve climate issues," said Andy Brown said during the launch. Galp's CEO believes that young people are anxious about climate issues and what is happening to the world. "If we can get their agile minds thinking about solutions, and they can really be part of the solution, this will help us, help them, and it will foster teamwork to tackle the biggest challenge of our era, which is to change our energy system," he highlighted.
Andy Brown also highlighted the role of Galp's innovation team, which "is very involved with voluntary work in schools, with students and teachers, to make them understand how to bring innovation to schools and how to solve climate issues".
In addition to the students, preparing teachers to support the project includes training on innovative educational practices and emerging topics, which will start in November and last until March of the following year. In July it is time to compete, with the best projects being highlighted and called up for the final, which takes place in September 2022.