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TSA is pleased to announce the partnership with the Verizon Foundation to offer the Verizon Innovative App Challenge for the second year. The App Challenge is a competition for middle and high school students. Working with an advisor, teams of students will use STEM skills, knowledge, ingenuity and creativity to develop and submit an original mobile app concept that addresses a real need or problem in their school or community. Schools do not need to be affiliated with TSA to participate.
School teams submit their design concepts online through a three-minute video and an essay. "Best in State" teams will be selected and recognized. The top eight "Best in Nation" schools each receive $20,000 for STEM education; a Samsung Galaxy Tab for each team member; and support in bringing their apps to the marketplace. Two team representatives and one chaperone from the top eight "Best in Nation" schools will be invited to present their winning apps at the 2014 national TSA conference in Washington DC in June. They will receive complimentary national TSA conference registration, travel and lodging for two nights. Special recognition will also be awarded for apps which support the Three Pillars of the Verizon Foundation: Education, Healthcare, and Energy Management.
Teams must first register online at www.verizonfoundation.org/appchallenge. Once registered, the team will have access to resources to help develop their app concept and then submit their entry online. The App Challenge registration and submission period is September 3 through December 17, 2013.