November 29, 2018
Ohio High School Students Develop Mobile Apps to Aid in the Opioid Crisis
2018 TECHCORPShack Sponsored by AT&T
COLUMBUS, OHIO, December 4, 2018 – More than 140 high school students from Columbus, Dayton and Zanesville participated in the 2018 TECHCORPShack held on Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17 at Capital University (Columbus), Sinclair Community College (Dayton) and Zane State College (Zanesville).
This event, sponsored by AT&T, gave the students an opportunity to learn about computer science in a fun, engaging and inclusive environment.
"At a TECHCORPShack students come together to learn how to use technology and team up to create solutions that can have a positive impact on the community," said Lisa M. Chambers, the National Executive Director of TECH CORPS. “I was truly impressed with the apps the students created in such a short period of time.”
During the event, students learned how to use MIT App Inventor to develop a mobile app that helps to aid people and/or communities in the opioid crisis. Working in teams, students used their creativity to build apps that ranged from connecting the community to the cause to helping individuals seek an alternative to opioid prescriptions.
“What these kids developed in a very short time is just incredible,” said Sarah Briggs, AT&T Ohio’s Vice President of External Affairs. “We’re proud to support efforts like this, which not only create opportunities for young people to expand their technology talents, but also tackle real-world problems that Ohioans struggle with every day.”
Seven winning teams from the three regions have been invited to participate in the Grand Finale event in Columbus on December 8th. Below are the winning teams and the description of their apps:
About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T:
AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. The company’s signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, drives innovation in education to promote student success in school and beyond. With a financial commitment of $450 million since 2008, AT&T is leveraging technology, relationships and social innovation to help all students make their biggest dreams a reality.
About TECH CORPS:
TECH CORPS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring K-12 students have equal access to Computer Science (CS) and Information Technology (IT) programs, skills and resources that enhance early learning and prepare them for college and career. TECH CORPS develops technology programs and deploys tech-savvy talent to assist K-12 schools and youth-serving organizations across the country. Over the years, partners such as JPMorgan Chase, Nordson Corporation, Progressive Insurance and Cognizant have provided TECH CORPS with the fuel to deliver much-needed technology resources to K-12 students and teachers. Since 1995, more than 15,000 TECH CORPS volunteers have shared their time and talents assisting schools and nonprofit organizations in their communities. TECH CORPS was founded in 1995 by Gary Beach, Publisher Emeritus of CIO Magazine and author of The U.S. Technology Skills Gap. Visit TECH CORPS on the web at www.techcorps.org, @techcorps_org or www.facebook.com/techcorps.national