App challenge

Inspiring students 
to create apps 
for social good

App challenge is a nationwide competition for middle and high school students.

The app challenge – a Verizon Innovative Learning program – gives middle and high school students the chance to create mobile apps that help meet a need in their communities or schools. No coding is required, so any student can participate. Best in State team winners are awarded $5,000 for their STEM program. Best in Nation and Fan Favorite winning teams receive an additional $15,000 for their school programs, plus the chance to work with MIT engineers to code their apps and share them on the open marketplace.

Growing participation
students submitted apps in 2015
STEM interest
of winners are more interested in computer programming
App development
apps placed on the mobile marketplace

Entrepreneurs do well by doing good.

The app challenge has engaged more than 24,000 boys and girls in urban, suburban and rural areas, including many underserved communities. Nearly half of the winning students are female.

Introducing the Safe and Sound App

1 in 5 teens has considered suicide. This number shocked a team of high school girls in Kennewick, Washington so they came up with the idea for the “Safe and Sound App,” a resource to help teens struggling with depression, anxiety and stress quickly and confidentially seek help.

Enter the 2016 app challenge.

The app challenge is open to 6th through 12th graders. Gather a team of 5 to 7 members and an adult adviser. You can register with your school (public, private or parochial) or any nonprofit group or club. When entering the app challenge, you’ll be asked to submit a three-minute video and essay about your design concept. Submit your team's app concept by November 18, 2016.

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