App-E-Feat Mobile App Development Contest Deadline is 19 May; Mentor Opportunity Available to Winners

May 07, 2014, 16:07 ET from IEEE-USA (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The deadline to enter the IEEE-USA-sponsored mobile app development contest is 19 May. App-E-Feat is designed to help solve a local or global problem and positively impact people's lives.

Contestants 13- to 17-years-old are asked to sketch or describe an app. Writing actual app code is required of those 18 and older. A first-place winner, as selected by a panel of judges, in each of the two categories will win an iPad Air tablet computer. A $250 Amazon gift card will go to both second-place finishers, while those placing third will receive a $150 Amazon gift card.

Winners will also have the opportunity to work with an IEEE mentor to help them develop their technology skills and explore a high-tech career.

"We think the chance to work with a technology professional is a great benefit," said IEEE-USA K-12 STEM Literacy Committee co-chair Dusty Fisher, who helped create the contest. "Because IEEE is a worldwide membership organization, we have access to some of the world's foremost technologists. So it is a natural fit for us to offer winners the opportunity to learn from a mentor."

Winners will be notified 20 June.

The app contest is part of a greater initiative IEEE is sponsoring to match members with nonprofits around the world to develop apps for the advancement of humanity. Ideas include apps to help fishermen get the best price for their catch, tips for farmers to increase their yield and apps with information on meeting medical and basic living needs after a natural disaster.

App-E-Feat, the brainchild of IEEE Fellow Dr. Karen Panetta, is IEEE's contribution to the Clinton Global Initiative, which convenes leading global organizations to implement new solutions to some of the world's most difficult problems.

"These organizations have their hands on the pulse of important humanitarian efforts," said Panetta, IEEE-USA vice president of communications and public awareness. "We are looking to match them with IEEE members who can help them deploy technology to advance their work.

"We're creating a powerful synergy that's unprecedented between a nonprofit and IEEE."

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