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U.S. Department of Education: Reach Higher Career App Challenge

Deadline: December 7, 2015

The Reach Higher Career App Challenge calls upon app developers, educators, and data mavens to submit mobile solutions to improve access to information about career and technical education (CTE), help students navigate education and career paths, and increase the capacity of career counselors to serve students. The Challenge seeks solutions that include integrated tools to assess user skills and interests, and offer users accessible information on occupations, education options, credentials, and career-seeking skills.

Entries will be scored based on:

  • Actionable Outcomes: Demonstrates seamless career choice decision-making through the integration of (i) An interactive tool that assesses user skills and interests; (ii) Up-to-date occupational data; (iii) Educational options, including career and technical education (CTE) programs, technical skill credentials, and postsecondary certificate and degree programs; and (iv) Career-seeking skills, which may include resume writing skills, interviewing skills, etc.
  • Target Audience: Provides support for educational and career path decision-making across a broad cross-section of students including students with disabilities, English Learners, and students in CTE programs. Provides support for a counselor and/or teacher interactions with students, or plans for accessible features that will provide this support as the app is further developed.
  • Scalability: Offers viable plan for full development of features, including the integration of comprehensive employment data, effective communication for English Learners and individuals with disabilities, and virtual accessibility in a form that meets a government or industry-recognized standard for accessibility. Details how local data and application programming interfaces (APIs) will enable the prototype to be customized to offer local educational and employment information.
  • Market Differentiation: Demonstrates clear differentiation from current market offerings.
  • Team Commitment: Illustrates commitment and ability of submitting team to develop the prototype into a fully functional app.

Amount: $225,000 is available for six awards. One grand prize of $100,000 will be made, with five finalist prizes of $25,000 each.

Eligibility: a) Individuals at least 18 years of age and a citizen or permanent resident of the United States (defined as The 50 States of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the outlying areas of the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Republic of Palau); b) Teams of individuals that (i) Are all at least 18 years of age, (ii) Include at least one citizen or permanent resident of the United States, and (iii) May also include foreign citizens who affirm at the time of submission of an entry for the Challenge that they are foreign citizens, who are not permanent residents; or c) An entity registered or incorporated in accordance with applicable State and local laws, and maintaining a primary place of business in the United States. The entity may include foreign citizens participating as employees of the entity.

Link: http://www.reachhigherchallenge.com/

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