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Verizon program challenges students to come up with problem-solving apps

Students can compete for grants to benefit their school or organization through Verizon’s Innovative App Challenge, a “no-coding-skills-needed” contest that gives middle and high school students a chance to bring their problem-solving app ideas to life.

Students can submit ideas until Nov. 18, and the winners will be named in January and February 2017.

Thousands of students across the U.S. have participated in the app challenge in the five years of the program. Winning student teams will be chosen from each state, earning a $5,000 grant for their school or organization and free tablets for each team member. Then the best-in-state teams will compete for an additional $15,000 for their organizations, and chance to turn their app ideas into real, working smartphone apps that will be made available for download.

The Challenge is now accepting new app ideas for the 2016-2017 competition.

Past winners have been featured at the White House Science Fair and even gone on to sell their completed apps for cash.

For more information on how to register for the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, or to download the completed apps, visit Follow us on Twitter (@VerizonGiving) and Facebook (

— From the Illinois Business Journal

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