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TSA is pleased to continue the partnership with the Verizon Foundation to offer the Verizon Innovative App Challenge for the fourth consecutive 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. Winning teams will receive mobile devices, thousands in cash for the schools, and the opportunity to be coached by MIT Media Lab professionals to build their app and bring it to Google Play store. The winning students retain intellectual property rights to their app. Team members their chaperones from the top eight "Best in Nation" schools will be invited to present their winning apps at the 2016 national TSA conference in Nashville, Tennessee in June. They will receive complimentary national TSA conference registration, travel and lodging for two nights.
Teams must first register online at verizon.com/appchallenge2015. 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 August 4 through November 24, 2015.