To help meet this demand, an innovative competition is underway to stimulate students' creativity and innovation in these fields. The Verizon Innovative App Challenge gives teams of middle- and high-school students a chance to create, develop and bring to market their own app.
The competition's challenge is simple: Develop a concept for an app that solves a local school or community issue. This year's competition will reward eight winning schools with $20,000 grants, as well as tablets for each student team member, courtesy of Samsung Telecommunications America. These winning teams also will work with professionals from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab and Verizon to help build their apps and bring them to market on the Google Play store, respectively.
The first App Challenge in 2012-13 saw teams from more than 470 schools submit app concepts from every state and Washington, D.C., with more than 5,000 students engaged in the program.
The 2013-14 Verizon Innovative App Challenge is open for submissions until Dec. 17. For more information or to submit an app concept, visit verizonfoundation.org/appchallenge.
Harry J Mitchell, public relations director,
Why was Marshall plane crash ignored?
I am very disappointed in The Charleston Gazette not mentioning the 43rd anniversary of the largest and worst plane crash in college sports history.
Flight 932 killed all 75 on board upon impact and changed the lives of Marshall University and our state forever.
When I received the newspaper at work today, I read articles about WVU's football team and Santa Claus coming to the Town Center. How can our region "forget" what happened only a few decades ago? The state of West Virginia should honor this day, and we need to honor it each year.
Dustin L. Holston