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Improving the World One App at a Time

The Verizon Foundation is challenging students to dream up a mobile app that improves their community to spark an interest technology.

Improving the World One App at a Time
The Verizon Innovative App Challenge offers 10 winning teams the chance win big.

The Verizon Foundation has launched an exciting new contest that challenges students to come up with a concept for a mobile app that helps the community around them. It’s the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, a collaborative effort between the Verizon Foundation, the Technology Student Association and Samsung to ignite students’ interest in science, technology and math (STEM) subjects.

How Does It Work?

Working with a faculty advisor, students in middle schools and high schools will form teams of five to 10 students to develop an original concept for a mobile app that incorporates STEM and addresses a real need or problem in their school or community. The concepts will be evaluated by a distinguished panel of STEM educators and corporate innovators who will select five winning middle school teams and five winning high school teams.

Each of the 10 winning schools will receive a $10,000 cash grant. Winning teams will get professional support and training to help build their apps and bring them to market.

Students on each winning team will receive a Samsung Galaxy Tab and be invited to present their winning apps -- on their new tablets -- at the 2013 National Technology Student Association Conference in Orlando, Florida, in June.

It’s All About Their Future

The challenge offers a rich, project-based learning experience that fosters teamwork and helps students build valuable skills that will serve them well in the future.

The App Challenge is one part of the Verizon Foundation's effort to ensure that our technology and expertise is used to transform teaching and learning. Other initiatives include the rich interactive content and resources provided at no charge to teachers through Thinkfinity, along with and the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program to help teachers take our technology into the classroom.

Registration is now open, and teams can submit entries from Dec. 1 through Jan. 18.

Learn more on the App Challenge website:

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