Statewide app building competition underway

Published 11:36 am Saturday, September 28, 2019

High school students across North Carolina are being encouraged by Gov. Roy Cooper to participate in the state’s first application development competition.

Ready, Set, App! teams of three to five students are challenged with developing a functional and original Android mobile application to solve a real-world problem in their school or community.

“Students see the world through fresh eyes. Their creativity can find solutions we may not know we need but soon cannot live without,” said Cooper. “The Ready, Set, App! challenge is a way for North Carolina’s high schoolers to change the world for the better and I encourage interested students to find a team and get coding.”

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Ready, Set, App! is a collaborative effort between Lenovo and the North Carolina Business Committee for Education, a non-profit within the governor’s office.

All ninth through twelfth grade public and charter school students are eligible and there is no cost to participate.

With more than 27,000 information technology jobs currently unfilled in North Carolina, the Ready, Set, App! challenge provides a boost for students to explore the potential of computer science careers. In addition to expanding computer science skills, Ready, Set, App! hones teamwork skills, problem solving and encourages students to be entrepreneurs.

The competition opened in August and runs until Nov. 1. For more information, registration and a list of important dates, visit



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