WHS Team Wins Best in Region for Verizon Innovative App Challenge

Steve Columbro Sneha Ramachandran Jack Bogart Jordan Sherwin Nick Erwin - WHS - Verizon Innovative App Challenge State Champions

Steve Columbro Sneha Ramachandran Jack Bogart Jordan Sherwin Nick Erwin – WHS – Verizon Innovative App Challenge State Champions

The Westlake High School team of juniors Sneha Ramachandran and Jordan Sherwin, and seniors Nick Erwin, Steve Columbro and Jack Bogart, continue to gain recognition for their PING app in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge.

After winning the Best in State Award, the team recently learned they are also one of the 2016 Best in Region winners. The team is now eligible to compete for the eight Best in Nation awards, which will be announced Feb. 2.

Their app concept, PING, was selected as state champion among more than 1,200 app concept submissions PING is an anonymous picture sharing app utilizing a map-based interface intended to raise awareness of the social issues in the local community. By framing the same type of issues experienced on a global scale, it can bring attention to these problems and help with improving other cultures and countries around the world.

PINGAs a Best in State team they earned:

  • A $5,00 award for the WHS Technology/Engineering program
  • A 16G LG G Padx8.3 for each team member
  • A T-shirt and certificate for each team member
  • A plaque
  • Listing on the Verizon Innovative App Challenge website: appchallenge.tsaweb.org
  • Eligibility to compete for the title of Best in Nation
  • Eligibility to compete for the App Challenge Fan Favorite award. The team that wins this award receives all the same prizes as the Best in the Nation winning team. Learn more: appchallenge.tsaweb.org/sites/appchallenge.tsaweb.org/files/press-room/APP-Challenge_Vote-Now_FAQ_v4.pdf

You can view the WHS team PING app presentation on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=vL8sBj_Lk5c.

As a Best in Region winner, the team also wins:

  • Eligibility to compete for the title of Best in Nation. The team will present its app concept Jan. 20 online to a panel of judges. One high school and one middle school in each of four regions will be named Best in Nation winners on Feb. 2.
  • Best in Region certificates
  • Website listing on the Verizon Innovative App Challenge website: appchallenge.tsaweb.org
  • Backpacks for each team member and advisor.
  • A plaque for the school

On Jan. 20 the team will present its app concept online to judges. Students will describe the problem they identified and the process for developing their mobile solution. They will answer questions from judges, who will offer feedback about each app design and process.

There is still time to vote for the WHS team in the Fan Favorite contest. Text PING1 for the WHS team to 22333 using a mobile phone or tablet. Voting ends Jan. 31.

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