Competition Overview


This year, the US was devastated by 3 historic back to back hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. The American Red Cross along with community and governmental agencies provided over 1.3 million overnight stays in emergency shelters as part of their hurricane response efforts. The American Red Cross served over 6.7 million meals and snacks.

This years’ hurricanes in the continental United States and Puerto Rico have reminded us of the importance of technology, interoperability, and the potential role these solutions can play in improving communications, the safety of first responders, and the health and welfare of all residents affected.

For this years’ app competition we are asking students in MDCPS middle schools to think about how they can create an app that helps users to better prepare for hurricanes and simplify processes as well as access to relevant real time information. The sky is the limit in terms of what agencies, services or information can populate the app they develop. This includes linking data from any connected device to 911 and emergency responders, drone software that might be used for public safety, including any kind of message from official government mental departments, local state and national, and incorporating crowdsourcing data to figure out where the nearest place with gas or ice.

Our event promotes innovation, community service and skill building. The competition will challenge teams comprised of girls attending middle and high school in Miami Dade County Public Schools to develop innovative solutions to problems posed by hurricanes. Female students ages 9 - 13 are invited to participate and can use lean startup principles to design, paper prototype and video pitch their ideas. The middle school aged teams will present their app to judges at the She Innovates Tech conference on March 10th at the IDEA Center, Miami Dade College. Our hurricane app competition is open to middle school students - grades 6 through 8 and high school students - grades 9 through 12 in Miami Dade County. Student teams who do not meet this requirement will not be considered to participate in the competition.

Teams should be comprised of between 3 - 7 students.

A teacher or mentor must register their team using the CODELLA SHE TECH CONFERENCE Registration Form linked above to participate in the competition and commit to working with the girls on their app project. There is no limit to the amount of student teams that can participate from a school.

Apps MUST be built on MIT App Inventor.