The Verizon Innovative App Challenge, which first launched in 2012, is a collaborative competition created to encourage middle school and high school students' interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Last year, over 1,000 schools from every state and Washington DC registered for the Verizon Innovative App Challenge and over 470 teams submitted app concepts that solved social issues. Over 3,000 students were engaged in this challenge and nearly 60% of the team members were girls.
This second Verizon Innovative App Challenge, which offers up to $20,000 grants for winning schools and a Samsung Galaxy Tablet for each winning team member, has been designed to engage students, providing them with valuable new skills and experiences that may well lead to exciting careers in STEM.
How does this challenge work?
A team of five students and their faculty advisor will develop an original concept for a mobile app that addresses a real need or problem in their school or community. Because students are judged solely on their submission of a unique and creative concept, we hope to pique the interest of those who otherwise would not participate in a technology challenge. Registration for the Challenge is open and all submissions must be completed by December 3rd, 2013.
The Verizon Innovative App Challenge is sponsored by the Verizon Foundation in partnership with the Technology Student Association (TSA) and
Justina Nixon-Saintil, director of education and technology programs for the Verizon Foundation, said:
“We created the Verizon Innovative App Challenge to encourage students to collaborate, get creative and use their STEM knowledge to come up with powerful answers to local, everyday problems. The inaugural challenge provided all that and more, as we saw some amazing app concepts and heard inspirational stories from students and teachers. We’re eagerly awaiting the fresh, innovative ideas that the student teams will bring to the second challenge.”