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Smartphone Apps For Social Good

children in rural South Africa

The Lunchbox Fund fosters education by providing nourishing meals to children in rural areas of South Africa.

Credit: The Lunchbox Fund

The internet is chock-full of gripes about Millennials, the smartphone-obsessed generation that reached young adulthood at the turn of the century. Millenials are entitled, lazy, self- —and selfie- —absorbed, and uninterested in the world at large. They vex and puzzle employers in equal measure, and they cannot be counted on to do anything other than, well, whatever they feel like doing.

Tell that to a new generation of app makers who are busy building programs that make it easy and fun to do massive good around the world. Their apps feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and shelter the homeless, all with a tap of that little screen typically reserved for Angry Birds or Amazon purchases.


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