Best in State Team Prizes:
One middle school team and one high school team are chosen as the Best in State winners from each state with eligible team submissions. Each Best in State team winner shall be awarded:

  • “Best in State” certificates.
  • An invitation to participate in a virtual Verizon Foundation STEM event.
  • Links on the Verizon Foundation website:
  • Eligibility for consideration as a Best in Region Team Winner. Each Best in State team’s school shall receive a “Best in State” plaque.

Best in Region Team Prizes:
The Best in State team winners will compete to become one of the twenty-four (24) Best in Region winning teams. Three (3) middle school teams and three (3) high school teams will be named as Best in Region from each of the four regions (Northeast, South, Midwest, West) where the Verizon Foundation operates. Each Best in Region team winner will be awarded:

  • A $5,000 grant to enhance STEM education at their school.
  • “Best in Region” certificates.
  • The opportunity to present their app concept during an online webinar and compete to be chosen as a Best in Nation Team Winner.
  • Links on the Verizon Foundation website:

Best in Nation Team Prizes:
The Best in Region team winners will compete to become Best in Nation winners by presenting their app concept for judging during an online webinar. The top middle school team and top high school team from each of the four Verizon regions will be named the eight (8) Best in Nation team winners. Each Best in Nation team winner shall be awarded:

  • A $15,000 grant to assist them in building their mobile app from their winning design, to enhance STEM education at their school, and to cover the travel costs of the faculty advisor's attendance at the National TSA Conference in Dallas, Texas in June, 2015, if they plan to accompany the winning team.
  • “Best in Nation” certificates for each member.
  • In-person and virtual training and support from Verizon Foundation partners to assist  the team in building and publishing their winning mobile app.
  •  A Samsung Galaxy Tab for each student and faculty advisor from the eight (8) Best in Nation team winners.
  • The opportunity for each Best in Nation team that develops and publishes their app by June 1, 2015, to present their app at the 2015 National Technology Student Association Conference in Dallas, Texas, in June, 2015. Travel, two night’s lodging, and registration fees for eligible Best in Nation winning team members and a parent/adult guardian will be covered as part of their contest award.

Additionally, Verizon Foundation shall showcase the Best in Nation team winners on the Verizon Foundation websites, and in other communication about the contest.

Grant money awards may be used to:

  • Support teams as they build their app concepts for the Android platform and bring them to the marketplace.
  • Further STEM education at their school by enhancing existing STEM educate programming, introducing new STEM education programs, supporting co-curriculum STEM activities for students, or providing STEM-related professional development for educators. Funds may NOT be used to purchase technology hardware or software. The Verizon Foundation does not gift products or services to schools.
  • Note that winning teams will be required to document how their grant funds are spent