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News | November 14, 2012

Verizon Innovative App Challenge




The Verizon Innovative App Challenge is an exciting, creative and collaborative competition that offers $10,000 grants for winning middle schools and high schools and tablets for winning students. Created to encourage students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the challenge also opens their eyes to exciting new possibilities for their futures.

Working with a faculty advisor, students in teams of 5-10 will develop an original concept for a mobile app that incorporates STEM and addresses a real need or problem in their school or community. While designing their apps, students will consider marketplace need, usefulness, audience and viability. Each team will submit design concepts online with a visual presentation accompanied by an essay.

One middle school and one high school team from every state will be judged “Best in State” and team members will be invited to participate in a live webinar hosted by Verizon Foundation featuring industry experts who will share how they use STEM skills in their own careers.

A distinguished panel of STEM educators and corporate innovators will then select the 10 Overall Winners from the top “Best in State” teams. Each of the 10 winning schools (5 middle school and 5 high school teams) will receive a $10,000 cash grant plus professional support and training to help them build their apps and bring them to the marketplace. Students on each winning team will receive a Samsung Galaxy Tab and representatives from each team will be invited to present their developed app in person – on their new tablets – at the 2013 National Technology Student Association Conference in Orlando, FL in June.

The Verizon Innovative App Challenge offers a rich, project-based learning experience that fosters teamwork among students with a wide variety of academic interests and strengths.

It’s a unique opportunity for students around the country to explore new ideas and potential careers in STEM that will serve them well in the future.


Registration Opens: October 15, 2012

Submission Period: December 1, 2012, through January 18, 2013

For registration, guidelines and resources, visit www.verizonfoundation.org/appchallenge