App Challenge

Inspiring students 
to create apps 
for social good

The Verizon App Challenge

The App Challenge—a Verizon Innovative Learning program— helps middle and high school students create mobile apps that meet a need in their communities or schools. No prior coding skills are required, so any student can participate.

Best in State teams are awarded $5,000 for their school STEM programs. Best in Nation and Fan Favorite teams get another $15,000 for their school programs, plus the chance to work with MIT engineers to code their apps and share them on the open market.

More than 24,000 boys and girls from urban, suburban and rural areas have participated in the App Challenge, including many in underserved communities. Nearly half of the winners are girls.

Growing participation
9,245
students submitted apps in 2016
STEM interest
87%
of winners are more likely to pursue a career in STEM.
Girls in STEM
48%
of winners were young women.

Middle-schools create app to detect concussions

Five seventh graders from Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, FL are working together to develop an app that uses sensors to detect when an athlete has suffered a concussion. They're one of eight student teams awarded "Best in Nation" for their concept in the 2015-2016 Verizon.

Congratulations, Best in Nation winners!

Congratulations to our Best in Nation winning teams. These teams are awarded $15,000 for their  STEM  program and the chance to work with MIT engineers to code their apps and share them on the open marketplace. We are proud of their hard work and innovative ideas about how to meet community needs through technology!

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