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Verizon Wireless Announces Winners In Mobile App Concept Development Program At Local Boston High Schools

Verizon Wireless announced that Team iAgenda from Boston Green Academy and Team VORText from John D. O’ Bryant School of Mathematics and Science are the winners of its local Education Empowerment Program. Conducted in partnership with Samsung, the program’s curriculum focused on teaching students to leverage mobile technology in and out of the classroom and preparing them to enter higher education and the workforce.

The winning app design by Team VORText captures handwritten notes via a mobile device’s camera, and translates the content into digital texts for future use. Team iAgenda’s concept provides homework reminders, grade tracking abilities, school contacts, time alerts and GPS capabilities.

Each member of the first place winning teams received a $5,000 scholarship, a new Samsung tablet and Verizon Wireless summer internship opportunities. Members of the second and third place teams each received a Samsung tablet.

Second and third place winners from the Boston Green Academy include:
  • Team "Scar-Clari": helps students achieve better grades and motivates students to do well, particularly students new to the USA.
  • Team “World Washers”: designed to be a game app that encourages users to engage in eco-friendly behaviors and activities while having fun.

Second and third place winners from the John D. O’ Bryant School of Mathematics and Science include:
  • Team “Mi”: provides information and news customized to personal preferences including but not limited to movies, sports, TV, local events, music, weather and local bus schedules.
  • Team “uHabits”: helps people create positive reinforcement to change bad habits to achieve personal and career success, empowering users to set goals and share achievements with their networks.

“The Education Empowerment Program brought together some of the best and brightest students and educators from Boston Public Schools,” commented Christine Berberich, New England president for Verizon Wireless. “The app concepts were imaginative and engaging and demonstrated true collaboration between students, mentors and technology partners.”

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