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Defense contractors’ mobile app contest broadens to include high-schoolers

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Staff Report
Published Sept. 10, 2015

The Charleston Defense Contractors Association has expanded its mobile app competition to include high school students this year.

The competition offers students a chance to demonstrate technical, creative and problem-solving skills at the C5ISR Government and Industry Partnership Summit, a conference that draws defense industry leaders from across the United States. This year, organizers have expanded the competition to include more schools and students, including high-schoolers.

Students must submit the application and a one-minute video by Nov. 13.

“The students create unique applications that run on one or more of the following platforms: iPhone or Android, with a focus on safety, quality of life or financial areas for the application. Additionally, they create a one-minute video detailing the functions of their application, how it can be utilized, and an expression of school spirit,” Cynthia Holt, operations executive for the association, said in a news release.

Last year, a student from The Citadel won first place for an app called Crime Watch. Students from Charleston Southern University and William & Mary won second and third places, respectively.

A panel of judges will award first, second and third place, and the apps will be on display at the C5ISR summit, set for Dec. 1-4 in Charleston. During the conference, attendees can vote for their favorite app.

Holt said the total award amount for students and schools participating in the competition is $7,000.

For more information, contact Jim Medeiros, academic chair for the summit, or the Charleston Defense Contractors Association.

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