Spotify is one of the biggest music streaming apps in the western world With over 41 billion streams.
A testimony to their reach is you may use the free version on your mobile phone. So it was a treat to be invited from an organisation called Apps for Good, to attend their London Office, situated on Savoy Row, in the heart of London’s theatreland.
On the afternoon of Wednesday 24th January, 21 Year 10 computing and iMedia students went to Spotify for a careers talk and to learn about app ideation.
On the main entrance door was a curious sign, office open at 10am. Did that mean the staff started working at 10am? We never found out.
Inside most of the business areas were off limits with live podcasts, business meetings and designing taking place, but that did not dampen the experience. The trip started with a guide taking us on a tour to a VIP room, a recording room and a gallery of past podcast artists that included Mabel, Dermot Kennedy, Rita Ora and Dua Lipa.
This was followed by a free lunch. For those who did not want wheat in the free Pret A Manger sandwiches,pastries, and drinks provided, they were allowed to use the free staff restaurant.
After lunch the action began with a career talk. A diverse range of employers shared their journey. This included accountants, marketers, lawyers and a business analyst. All said being at Spotify was their dream job because they were working with such talented people, who were hardworking, without egos, and where no two days were the same. Each day they were never bored or unchallenged. They spoke of always learning something new.
They described the tenacity and determination it took for them each to get their Spotify job. One spoke of writing an email each day for 265 days before she finally got this opportunity. Another spoke of being selected from 1,000 applicants. Two said they found their jobs on LinkedIn. In summary, the journeys to their jobs were unique and inspiring.
After a briefing from three app engineers came the app design challenge. The students were tasked with designing a student study app. With over 200,000 apps worldwide on Apple and Android platforms, it is quite usual for someone else to have come up with a similar idea. The power is in the description, its niche design and MVP. The students were shown similar apps and their weaknesses. Over around an hour the student teams worked to come up with four ideas, which they pitched to the experts. The Spotify engineers feedback was very positive, with quotes like they are better than ours.
As a leaving gift the students were given some goodies and a bag, leaving with an invaluable gift of career and project skill knowledge.
The Apps for Good representative Georgia, was so impressed she was keen to run more events with our school. The St Marylebone students made our school proud.