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2017 winners

Each year, the public chooses the winner of the app challenge Fan Favorite award.

The team that gets the most votes for its app concept will win the same prizes as Best in Nation winners: a $15,000 award for their school or out-of-school program; training from MIT experts to develop their concept into a working app; and an all-expenses-paid trip to the TSA Conference in June.

Help us pick this year’s winner! Watch the videos below and text the code of your favorite app concept to 22333. Voting runs now through Feb. 14.

Your vote counts—but choose carefully, because you can vote only once! (Standard texting rates apply.) International voting is not available at this time.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016–17 Verizon Innovative Learning app challenge! The public chose one team as our Fan Favorite winner, and our judges chose winners at the Best in Nation, Best in Region, and Best in State levels. We are proud of their hard work and innovative ideas about how to meet community needs through technology!

Next, the Fan Favorite and Best in Nation teams will develop their concepts into working apps with help from MIT experts.

Click each state to see the winners.

Agent Java


Windham High School

9th - 12th Grade
Windham, New Hampshire

Agent Java is a new app to provide support to new, intermediate, and even advanced Java programmers by delivering an all-in-one resource with coding suggestions, formatting guidance, coding tips, and forums.  Agent Java helps to remove the stress and perception of exclusivity of programming, and instead bringing coding to the next generation of programmers


Alert U


Westlake High School

9th - 12th Grade
Westlake, Ohio

Alert U is an innovative way to combat disasters as they happen. Through the easy-to-use, map-tracking interface, users are able to pinpoint the location of a threat, such as an active shooter or fire, and share this location with others. With immediate activation upon clearance, and notifications sent automatically to emergency response personnel, parents, and nearby residents, Alert U is able to save lives in any situation, anywhere, at anytime.


Allergy Aid


Yorktown Middle School

6th - 8th Grade
Yorktown, Indiana

Allergy Aid is a great app for anyone with food allergies, and can help caretakers and teachers find what’s safe to eat for their kids.  There are many features in Allergy Aid such as the barcode scanner, the game to help anyone remember their allergies, and recipes that are safe for their allergies.


Anxiety Arrester


St. Mary St. Joseph School

6th - 8th Grade
Willimantic, Connecticut

Our app was designed to give people who suffer from anxiety disorders or panic attacks some useful tools to help them when they have anxiety. Our apps features include Soothing Sounds which plays sound tracks which help to alleviate anxiety and Peaceful Places which plays a looping video of scenes which help someone to stay relax and calm down. Also there is Calming Conversations which has pre-recorded tracks using different relaxation techniques and Relax and Regroup which has game like activities to draw attention away from anxiety. These tools would be customizable for the individual user


Back to Bacteria


Troy High School

9th - 12th Grade
Troy, Michigan

Back to bacteria is an interactive game where players take on the role of a pathogen and attempts to survive in the human body. Through the storyline, players learn important biological concepts regarding the role of diseases and personal hygiene


Ballot Buddy


New London High School

9th - 12th Grade
New London, Wisconsin

Ballot Buddy allows users to find unbiased and true facts on candidates ranging from local to the national level. App users can use the location feature to find information and notify them when an election is coming up in their area.


Be The Plug


Career Development Center

9th - 12th Grade
Jackson, Mississippi

Be the Plug 4 Ya Community” is an app concept designed to help students find STEM related community work. Our app is targeted to empower young people who are committed to community involvement. 


Buddy Central


Montgomery Central High School

9th - 12th Grade
Cunningham, Tennessee

Buddy Central was designed from a desire to create lasting relationships and to connect students within their school and community. 


Care Packager


Cimarron Middle School

6th - 8th Grade
Parker, Colorado

Care Packager is a unique app that allows you to easily ship specifically requested items directly to a recipient. We created this app in hopes for men and women serving in our Armed Forces to receive items they need rather than items we deem helpful to them.




Cochranton Junior Senior High School

9th - 12th Grade
Cochranton, Pennsylvania

The CaringCloset is a free online app that provides anonymous access of clothing and supplies from high school storage centers for students in need.  The app will also allow community members to identify items needed and donate those items to their local storage center.