U.S. Department of Education opens $225,000 mobile app development competition

Andy Boxall

In App Development

October 7, 2015

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Mobile app developers are being called upon to help solve an education issue, and get the chance of winning a major cash prize in the process. A competition launched by the U.S. Department of Education and promoted by First Lady Michelle Obama, seeks developers with ideas on an app that helps students learn about career and education paths open to them.

Named the Reach Higher Career App Challenge, the app should feature tools to help identify possible future paths, and and allow students to enter their skills and interests, then provide information related to education, occupations, and possible complementary skills.

The Reach Higher Career App Challenge wants mobile app developers to help students with their future careers and education goals

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Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said:


“It’s incredibly important that we do everything that to help our students reach their full potential. This competition is an exciting opportunity to give our students the tools they need to plan for success in their career and educational pursuits.”

Apps should be submitted to the competition by December 6, and five entrants will be selected to go forward to the finals. Each finalist will be awarded $25,000 and have the chance to push their app through the Virtual Accelerator Phase, which includes mentorship from both IBM and Microsoft. The winners will be awarded the remaining money from a $225,000 pot, plus other prizes.

Full terms and more details on the rules, plus access to the required APIs can be found here.