Competition To Get a Not-For-Profit App Built For Free

  • London-based tech agency Studio Graphene has launched Build My App 2019, offering to build a not-for-profit app completely free of charge

  • Entries will be judged on their feasibility and potential impact to deliver immediate and positive change for good

  • Entries open now and close on Friday 29th March

  • The winning idea will be announced on Friday 5th April and then built for free

  • Last year’s Build My App competition saw Studio Graphene develop the Signalong app to help teach people sign language for everyday objects


Build My App is back. The popular initiative from Studio Graphene will see the tech agency build a not-for-profit app free of charge.

The London-based firm is calling for people to offer their not-for-profit app idea that will help bring about positive social change. 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 from Monday 4th March to Friday 29th 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 5th April.

Studio Graphene encourages 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. 

Last year’s Build My App competition, which took place in mid-2018, 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 in the third sector can effectively harness the power of technology to improve the way they engage with wider civil 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!”


  • Editorial Director of the The Fintech Times

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