App Challenge

Rural Youth App Challenge

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: MARCH 1, 2019
WINNERS ANNOUNCED: APRIL 1, 2019

Overview
Students will develop a concept for a mobile app that will address a problem or improve a process in their rural community or in rural America at-large. The challenge will be concept-based only and the judgement will be based on how well-researched and well-presented the app is. The concept must be possible, well-researched and not already be an app in existence (but may be similar).

Who is eligible?

  • Students enrolled in grades 7 through 12
  • At least one student teammate must live in an area served by an NTCA­—The Rural Broadband Association (NTCA) member company

Winner:
The winning team will receive $1,000 in gift cards and Codecademy Scholarships.

2019 Winners

Winner

Jefferson Wings (Princeton, Mo.)

Students:

1. Ethan Holtman

2. Brandon McQueen

3. Andrea Riley

4. Lucas Terry

5. Trevor Weir

Sponsored by: GRM Networks

App Concept: The Jefferson Wings' app would include a directory of local records for Nodaway County, MO., including accomplishments in sports, historical facts and familial documentation such as the family with the most children or the oldest members.

 

Runner Up

Putnam County Team 1 (Green City, Mo.)

Students:

1. Dylan Hamilton

2. Logan Wilkins

3. Albany Wood

Sponsored by: Northeast Missouri Rural Telephone Company

App Concept: Help pet owners keep track of their companions' medical histories and physical locations.

 

Third Place

Putnam County Team 2 (Green City, Mo.)

Students:

1. Alexia Mayberry

2. Haven Sands

Sponsored by: Northeast Missouri Rural Telephone Company

App Concept: Help women in their community identify threats to their safety.

See Last Year's Webinar

Jessica Golden and Carissa Swenson launched the first-ever FRS Rural Youth App Challenge in this webcast. The webinar launched the challenge, walked viewers through the application process and answered questions.

PRESS RELEASE

Foundation for Rural Service Names Winners of Inaugural Rural Youth App Challenge

Arlington, Va., (April 1, 2019)—The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) is dedicated to improving quality of life in America by advancing an understanding of rural issues. In pursuit of this mission, FRS recently concluded its 2019 Rural Youth App Challenge, asking students to develop concepts for mobile apps that would address a problem or improve a process in their rural community or in rural America at-large. Each team was supported by a member of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association.

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