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Reach Higher Career App Challenge

About the Challenge
Design apps to help students navigate education and career options

Posted By: Department of Education
Category: Software/Apps
Submission Dates: 12 a.m. ET, Oct 07, 2015 - 11:59 p.m. ET, Dec 07, 2015 Winners Announced: Aug 24, 2016

With a constantly evolving career landscape, students often need support in planning for careers and college. While the current career guidance and counseling infrastructure plays a critical role in assisting students, one in five high schools nationwide lacks a school counselor. In 2013, the national average student-to-school-counselor ratio for K-12 counselors was 482:1. As a result, students receive only minutes of in-person time with their counselor annually, as they prepare to make postsecondary education and career decisions.

This Challenge seeks apps that will help students learn about all career options, while increasing the capacity of career counselors to assist students in planning for their futures. The apps should include integrated tools to assess student skills and interests, and offer information on occupations, education options, credentials, and career-seeking skills.

Those interested in participating in the Challenge should submit their mobile app solutions by December 6, 2015. Up to five entrants will be selected to advance as finalists. Finalists will be awarded $25,000 each and will have the opportunity to improve upon their submissions during the Virtual Accelerator Phase, which will include access to mentorship from IBM and Microsoft.  The Challenge winner(s) will win the remainder of the prize money and additional prizes, including IBM Global Entrepreneurship Program Credits, Microsoft BizSpark Plus, and free hosting services.

For a complete list of Challenge rules, access to APIs, and to submit a concept, visit www.reachhigherchallenge.com.

Judges
Cheryl Carrier
Director, Ford Next Generation Learning, Ford Motor Company Fund
Aneesh Chopra
Co-Founder Hunch Analytics, Former CTO, Executive Office of the President of the U.S.
Aarti Dhupelia
Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, National Louis University
Heather Hiles
CEO and Founder, Pathbrite
Cory Notestine
2015 School Counselor of the Year, Counseling and Postsecondary Coordinator, Colorado Springs School District 11
Judging Criteria

A complete list of criteria is included in the Federal Register Notice ( http://1.usa.gov/1VEITOd )

Prizes
Prize Pool $225,000.00 Up to 5 finalists will be awarded $25,000 each and will have the opportunity to improve upon their submissions during the Virtual Accelerator Phase, which will include access to mentorship from IBM and Microsoft. Following awards to the finalist the Challenge winner(s) will win the remainder of the prize money and additional prizes, including IBM Global Entrepreneurship Program Credits, Microsoft BizSpark Plus, and free hosting services.

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Rules

See the Federal Register Notice for complete rules, terms and conditions.

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Submissions for this competition are being accepted on a third-party site. Please visit the external site for instructions on submitting: http://U.S. Department of Education
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