Inspiring the next generation
of innovation changemakers.

The Impact APP Challenge is an entrepreneurship program empowering High School students to come up with and launch the next great social or environmental application and gain critical skills they will need to be the future changemakers.  

Current Teams

Team Elect

Driven by the passion to empower and amplify the voices of young voters in shaping the political landscape, team elect is aiming to ignite a spark of engagement and enthusiasm for political participation among the youth.

Team Elect is currently working on honing an innovative approach to inspire and mobilize the next generation of voters by urging young individuals to not only register but also delve deep into the intricacies of both local and national politics.

Impact Lynk Team

This Branson team is inspired to create a streamlined solution for tracking volunteer hours, designed with students and schools in mind. Saying goodbye to the hassle of paper forms and manual tracking – their platform offers a seamless way for students to sign up for volunteer opportunities and for schools to effortlessly monitor completed hours.

Students can browse and sign up for volunteer opportunities with just a few clicks, making it easier than ever to get involved in their communities. Meanwhile, schools can efficiently track and manage volunteer hours, saving time and resources.

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Past Winners:

Teen Cancer Community App

App Name: Nectar Connect

Students: Alexander LaMonica & Sabine Fuchs

It is universally acknowledged that empathetic peer support is invaluable to our emotional well-being. Alexander is a 16-year-old survivor of stage IV cancer. Alexander and thousands of others across the country have spent weeks in hospital beds, away from friends, getting toxic chemicals pumped through their

Clothing Insecurity APP:

Students: Aimee Yang & Justin Slayen

We have seen firsthand the suffering from poverty and homelessness, and the worry one feels when they are not able to purchase clothing for their family. The lack of clean and sufficient clothing for underserved families is a large problem in the Bay Area and nationwide. Children are more likely to miss school when they don’t have proper clothing that is comfortable and fits, and when they do attend, they witness bullying and a decline in their self-esteem…

Teen Mental Health APP:

Students: Mckenzie Kwei & Ally Hsieh

Many people in high school suffer from the problems of feeling worried, alone, or sad, while other times, many people’s lives are so busy they forget to appreciate the things in life that make them happy. Sometimes when we have so much going through our lives, we don’t have time to reflect on the things that are making us happy or upset, and we can get caught in the whirl of life without being in touch with our feelings–often leading to…

We work with the winning teams for up to three – seven months to help them hone their idea and build their MVP (Minimum Viable product) using existing tools where possible to launch as quickly as possible.  Teens will be supported by a team of experienced product, technology and operational advisors and faculty who will support the winners as they take their project from idea through to a live Application. 

“We are so grateful to you for bringing us this program! It has made all the difference for our students and this is just the kind of learning we want them to be doing, so it’s an excellent example for our teachers, too.”

Students learn invaluable lessons:

1. Unleashing Personal Potential: Discovering that extraordinary solutions can emerge from ordinary students, cultivating self-confidence, persistence, and the ability to execute their visionary ideas.

2. Growth Mindset:
Understanding that ideas alone are not enough; embracing the willingness to take risks, try new approaches, and transform ideas into tangible actions that make a real difference.

3. Technology as a Catalyst:
Recognizing the transformative power of technology as a valuable tool to address pressing social and environmental challenges.

4. The Value of Feedback:
Appreciating the critical role of user feedback in shaping success, and actively seeking and incorporating feedback early and often.

5. Students as Change-Makers:
Embracing the belief that students have the power to be the driving force for change, realizing the significance of taking responsibility for creating a better world.

6. Mastering the Innovation Process:
Learning the art of product innovation, including product launch, hypothesis testing, embracing failures as learning opportunities, and iterative refinement.

7. Effective Communication:
Developing the ability to effectively communicate ideas, visions, and solutions to various stakeholders, leveraging different channels and platforms.

8. Collaboration and Teamwork:
Understanding the power of collaboration and cultivating skills in working effectively with peers, leveraging diverse perspectives and skills to achieve shared goals.

9. Resilience and Adaptability:
Building resilience in the face of challenges, setbacks, and failures, and developing adaptability to adjust strategies and approaches as needed.

10. Leadership and Initiative:
Cultivating leadership qualities and taking initiative to initiate and drive positive change within their school, community, and beyond.

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The APP Challenge Prize:

1. Student-Owned Innovation: 

The winning team will own what they build 100%, establishing them as innovation leaders.

2. Product Development Funding:

The Impactree Foundation will cover the product development and engineering costs to bring the team’s MVP to life.

3. Valuable Internship Opportunity:

The winning team will embark on a three to seven month internship, collaborating with our team of experienced tech leaders. This internship experience will be a valuable addition to their resumes.

4. No Programming Required:

Students only need to bring forward their exceptional idea. Our team will work closely with them to transform their concept into a reality, eliminating the need for programming skills.

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