Pasco middle schoolers win in app competition

May 31, 2014 

— Three Pasco middle school students were recognized Saturday after competing in the first ever Technology Alliance's 2014 Youth Apps Challenge at Washington State University Tri-Cities in Richland.

Twelve teams of middle and high school students from Eastern Washington competed in the challenge, creating app ideas that solved problems, identifying user profiles and market potential, developing prototypes and pitching their apps to audiences.

Saida Diaz, Aaliyah Bradford and Itzel Pinion from Ochoa Middle School, the Cougar-eoms team, won first place for best medical app for their app to help people remember to take medication and go to the doctor. Software developers from the Technology Alliance’s Ada Developers Academy judged the entries.

The challenge was paid for using a federal Recovery Act grant administered through a contract with the Broadband Office at the Washington State Department of Commerce.

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