Bring Your App Idea to Life!

Your addiction to your cell phone could earn your school a $20,000 grant!

Verizon Foundation and the Technology Student Association (TSA), along with Samsung and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, are challenging students across the country, including DECA members, to create the next mobile app phenomenon in the second annual Verizon Innovative App Challenge.

Teams of students will have to creatively design a concept for a mobile app that will solve a problem in their school or community. The mobile app design should incorporate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) principles and content. It is not necessary for students and advisors to actually build the app to participate in this challenge. The emphasis of this challenge should be explaining the app concept, as well as the problem it solves, creatively and effectively through the three-minute video.

The Verizon Innovative App Challenge is open to middle and high schools nationwide. Schools may enter one or more teams of five to seven students, led by a faculty advisor.

To participate:

  • An advisor needs to register a school’s interest at the Verizon Innovative App Challenge website.
  • School teams need to submit a three-minute video explaining the app they want to develop and the problem the app would solve to complete their submission.
  • In addition, an essay must detail the team’s understanding of the design process, the app’s functionality, and its potential impact or outcome.

The teams that advance through the competition will have a chance to work at the MIT Media Lab where industry experts will help bring the students’ app ideas to life. Verizon will then take the next step in bringing the app to the mobile marketplace, however student inventors will retain intellectual property rights to the app and any income that is derived from its distribution.

Winning teams will receive:

  • Up to a $20,000 grant for their school from the Verizon Foundation
  • Samsung Galaxy tablets from Samsung Telecommunications America
  • An invitation from Verizon to attend the June 2014 National Technology Student Association Conference in Washington, D.C. and present their app to 5,000 conference attendees

The submission deadline is December 17, 2013. For more information, visit the Verizon Innovative App Challenge website.

This article was originally published on PR Web.

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