Twenty Four Student Teams Named Best in Region for the Third Annual Verizon Innovative App Challenge

Twenty four middle school and high school student teams were selected as the Best in Region winners for the Verizon Innovative App Challenge and awarded $5,000 to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs at their schools. The Innovative App Challenge provides students an opportunity to identify problems and conceptualize solutions into usable apps for their communities. This year’s submissions encompassed a variety of solution-based apps focusing on healthcare, education and philanthropy from across the country.

Launched in 2012, the Verizon Innovative App Challenge was created in partnership with the Technology Student Association (TSA) in response to a critical need to bolster student interest in STEM.  Through the challenge, students are tasked with ideating concepts for mobile apps to solve community issues. More than 90% of last year’s Innovative App winners expressed interest in pursuing STEM careers after learning about coding and launching their apps in the Google Play store and roughly 70% reported an increase in creativity, teamwork, communications skills and content knowledge.

Verizon is committed to improving student engagement and achievement in STEM education and will continue driving initiatives that integrate technology into the classroom. 

The twenty four Best in Region teams will advance onto the final phase of the Innovative App Challenge where eight will be awarded as Best in Nation.

To see the complete list of the Best in Region winners, the list is available on

Find out more about the Verizon Innovative App Challenge here.