The Verizon Innovative App Challenge “is a nationwide contest in which middle and high school students are challenged to develop concepts for mobile apps that solve a problem in their community. It’s a unique, hands-on learning program that teaches collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, and entrepreneurship, as well as STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills and coding. It builds on students’ excitement about technology and aims to equip them with skills they need to succeed in the jobs of the future.”
Who Can Enter – “Teams of students affiliated with schools and nonprofit groups/clubs can enter the contest, along with an adult advisor. The students must be in grades 6 through 12, and the teams must have five to seven members plus their advisor. Teams can register with their school (public, private, or parochial) or any nonprofit group or club that is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. They must be located in the United States”
Team Advisor – “The team advisor must be at least 18 years old and be an employee of the school or nonprofit organization that is hosting the team. What do advisors do? Team advisors are responsible for completing the registration, authorization, and release forms and for mentoring the team throughout the App Challenge. Advisors can register as many teams as they want.”
Registration begins in August. Teams who win Best in State can win $5000 and Best in the Nation can win $15000.