NYC High School students create tech-based innovations at GenTech

September 26, 2013  |  25 comments


NYC GenTech was featured on PBS NewsHour on October 8, 2013:

NYC Generation Tech (GenTech) is a program that educates and inspires NYC high school students to transform the world through tech-based innovations and pursue careers in entrepreneurship and technology. After 8 weeks of intensive programming where students learned how to code, developed a business plan, and collaborated with team members and industry tech mentors to make their mobile app ideas a reality, GenTech concluded with the Second Annual GenTech Demo Night held at AppNexus last Thursday, September 19th.

The three finalist teams – Inspyer U, Mealr, and SproutEd – had 6 minutes to pitch their business proposals and demo their apps. That was followed by 3 minutes of Q&A from a panel of judges comprised of leaders from the tech and business sectors, including:  Microsoft; MasterCard Worldwide; Warby Parker; reddit; FuturePerfect Ventures; and hint, Inc.

The first place prize was awarded to SproutEd, an educational network designed for students and their peers to collaborate, organize, and discuss school-related topics and events outside the classroom. SproutEd was awarded a first place prize of $5,000, a meeting to pitch their app idea at Union Square Ventures, and logo and branding consultation with Harley & Co. A second place prize of $2,000 was awarded to Inspyer U, an educational app that helps prepare and educate students for the New York State Math Exam through fun, interactive, crime-solving games. And, a third place prize of $1,000 was awarded to Mealr, an app that encourages a healthier lifestyle in young adults through social competition.

In addition to the finalist competition, 6 semifinalist teams competed for an Audience Choice Award of $500. Each team presented their app idea in 60-seconds, and the audience voted in real-time through text-messages and tweets. The team that received most votes was NYC Loop, an app that provides teenagers with a platform to create, share, and discover the best age-appropriate events from around the city.

We are incredibly proud of all 43 of our students and their innovative abilities, collaborative team efforts, and dedication to developing their mobile app products and business ideas. We thank all the GenTech parents, volunteers, and sponsors for the time and resources they dedicated to making the program a success! 

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