Verizon App Challenge is a nationwide contest for middle- and high-school-aged students that challenges them to develop concepts for mobile apps that solve a problem in their community. It’s a unique, hands-on learning program that teaches collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, and entrepreneurship, as well as STEM skills and coding. Its aim is to equip students with skills needed to succeed in the jobs of the future, delivering to students the promise of a brighter future.
Do teams need to know how to build a mobile app to enter the contest?
No. Teams do not have to build an app to enter the Challenge. The Challenge is about the concept only. The concept submission will be evaluated on how well it is researched and presented to the panel of judges. Teams that win at the national level will learn coding from MIT experts who will travel to your location to give in-person training, as well as additional virtual training to get your app ready to launch in the Play store.
What are the prizes?
Everyone is a winner! Just by entering, young people will gain:
• Experience working on a real world STEM project
• Teamwork and collaboration skills by working in teams of 5 to 7 members
• Critical thinking, creative problem solving, and entrepreneurship skills
• Character development including empathy and grit
• Skills addressed by key standards including Common Core
• Best in State winning teams will receive a $5,000 grant for their school or non-profit sponsored program and mobile tablets for every team member, and the opportunity to compete for the title of Best in Region and Best in Nation. In addition, all Best in State winners will be eligible to be named the People’s Choice winner. The team that receives the most votes via a crowd voting mechanism on the App Challenge website (or other social media platform TBD) will be selected as the People’s Choice Award Winner and will receive all the benefits of the Best in Nation winners.
• Best in Nation teams will receive an additional $15,000 grant for their school or out-of-school program, and in-person coding training from MIT experts, plus an all-expenses-paid trip for each team member and a parent/guardian next summer.
Who can enter?
This year, non-profit out-of-school groups can enter along with schools!
Youth in grades 6 through 12, in teams of 5 to 7 members plus an adult advisor can enter. You can register with your school (public, private or parochial) or any non-profit group or club that is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. You must be located in the U.S. (50 states plus the District of Columbia). Non-profit team advisers need to be employees of the affiliated non-profit. The details about who can participate are located here.