Winning App Concepts
Six App Academies were held the summer of 2013 in San Francisco, Atlanta, Chicago, Boston, Dallas and New York City with the goal of igniting select, top-performing 11th and 12th graders’ interest in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and related careers. Students learned a variety of skills in research, logic, design and marketing that developers use when conceptualizing and creating mobile apps. Students then submitted their own app concepts for a chance to win scholarships!
Grand Prize: $20,000 Scholarship
|Jeffrey Hong A 12th grader at Newman Smith High School in Carrollton, TX, Hong created the Dash'corder app concept to transform a smartphone into a dashboard camera. The app helps keep the community safe by promoting best driving practices, recording events, and calling for help when needed. The app runs as a background program allowing drivers to use hands-free.|
2nd Prize:Jeremy Ide An 11th grader at Hollis Brookline High School in Hollis, NH, Ide created the Wake Up With Friends app idea as a social alarm clock. Teens compete and earn points by being the first to turn off their alarms, and by being the fastest to get moving.
3rd Prize:Yash Shirsath An 11th grader at Grayson High School in Loganville, GA, Shirsath created Leap, a time-saving app concept redefining how consumers wait in line. Using a point system, users skip lines or exchange tickets to allow more time for community involvement.
4th Prize:Nicholas Kenealy A 12th grader at Riverside Brookfield High School in Riverside, IL, Kenealy developed the app concept of TaskComplete, which acts as a community-wide social connector. The app encourages users to explore their neighborhoods by taking part in community tasks.
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5th Prize:Safa Mohammed A 12th grader at Plano East Senior High in Plano, TX, Mohammed invented Hatchip as an app concept connecting students’ talents to nonprofit organizations in need of their skills, and to put those talents to good use.
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