Showcasing the Top Apps Created by NAF Students in the Lenovo Scholar Network

Lenovo’s partnership with the NAF brings a robust mobile app development curriculum and delivery program to NAF academies. The Lenovo Scholar Network, now in its third year, is designed to provide high school students with an intensive application development program to enable the next generation of developers and entrepreneurs. The Lenovo Scholar Network encourages greater interest among underserved high school students in STEM subjects while providing them with skills to succeed in the 21st century.

Students use the MIT App Inventor service developed by the Center for Mobile Learning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a joint project of the MIT Media Lab and MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, to develop their apps. Teachers receive additional support from including access to MIT’s self-guided teacher course on App Inventor, introductory webinars and an in-person training with App Inventor staff, and regular open office hours with a MIT master trainer.

Lenovo has provided PC and tablet devices to each of the participating schools to aid the students and teachers in implementing the curriculum. The products include PC devices for student development and coding collaboration, and Lenovo tablet devices for the testing and viability of the mobile apps.

This year more than 1,800 NAF students from 50 academies across the United States are participating in mobile app develop project. Academies were selected by NAF through a competitive application process.

Participating academies are hosting local contests and showcases in early March. Each academy will enter two apps into the national competition. Judges will select the five best apps and the student teams who developed these apps will win a trip to Dallas, Texas, to be recognized at NAF Next, NAF’s signature annual conference, for their achievements.

More information can be found at lenovoscholars.com, including the winning apps from the 2016 competition.

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Judges

Leslie Aaronson
Strategic Director for K12 Initiatives, National Center for Women & Information Technology

Steven Anderson
Educational Evangelist, Speaker, Author, creator of #edchat

Tim Bajarin

Tim Bajarin
President, Creative Strategies, Inc.- and Columnist for Time, PCMag

Meghan Barnes
Sr. Program Manager, Charitable Operations, AT&T

Briana Boyington

Briana Boyington
Education Digital Producer, U.S. News & World Report

Elaine Best

Elaine Best
Admin Assistant, Lenovo

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Dilip Bhatia
VP, PCSD Group, Global Marketing & User Experience, Lenovo

Rick Bjorck
US Commercial Central Sales, Lenovo

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Shakira Boyce
Senior Assoc-EA, KPMG

Casey Castañeda
Vice President & Program Officer, J.P. Morgan Private Bank

Rob Cato

Rob Cato
Executive Director, Public Sector, Healthcare and Vertical Sales, Lenovo

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Cindy Cochran
Regional Sales Leader, Education West, Lenovo

Yolanda Conyers

Yolanda Conyers
VP, HR Global Functions and Chief Diversity Officer, Lenovo

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Brittany Cook
Inside Sales NC Public Sector & Education, Lenovo

Kurt Cranor

Kurt Cranor
Executive Director and CFO, Lenovo North America

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Ant-quanique Dancy
NAF Alumna

Julie	Drapala

Julie Drapala
Senior Program Associate, Community, 100Kin10

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Chad Duhon
Chief of Staff to Kirk Skaugen, Lenovo

George Farthing

George Farthing
Lenovo Internal Comms, Lenovo

Satya Gade
VP-Service Management, Moody's

Rich Garceau

Rich Garceau
US Commercial East Sales, Lenovo

Shatiek Gatlin

Shatiek Gatlin
NAF Alumnus

Natasha Ghatak

Natasha Ghatak
NAF Alumna

Emilio Ghilardi

Emilio Ghilardi
President, Lenovo North America, and Vice President, Lenovo Group

Rebecca Gnessin

Rebecca Gnessin
Manager, Philanthropy, American Express

Tobi Graham
NAF Alumnus

Cliff Gumkowski

Cliff Gumkowski
VP, North America DCG Sales, Lenovo

Brooke Hanson

Brooke Hanson
Senior Manager, Social Innovation, AT&T

Monica Hauser

Monica Hauser
Motorola Foundation Program Manager, Lenovo

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Gina Hefner
Server Sales Director, Lenovo

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Kelly Hoey
Author of Build Your Dream Network and Investor

Robin Howdershelt

Robin Howdershelt
Inside Sales Director, U.S. Public Sector, Lenovo

Kathy Ishizuka
Executive Editor, School Library Journal

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Sammy Kinlaw
Executive Director, North America Channel Sales, Lenovo

Suzie Koonce

Suzie Koonce
Community Relations Program Manager, Lenovo

Laura Laltrello

Laura Laltrello
VP, Enterprise Business Group Operations, Lenovo

Karen Lang

Karen Lang
Education and Business Development Coordinator, MIT App Inventor, MIT Center for Mobile Learning

John Lauffer

John Lauffer
Lenovo Ambassador, Lenovo

Marshae Mansfield

Marshae Mansfield
Executive Director, US Commercial, Lenovo

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Stephen Miller
Manager, Lenovo Ambassador Team, Lenovo

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Ceri Mobley
Social Media, Lenovo

Milanka Muecke

Milanka Muecke
Director, Lenovo North America Comms

David Nagel
Editorial Director of Education for 1105 Media' s Public Sector Group and Editor-in-Chief of THE Journal

Yelena Nemenko

Yelena Nemenko
NAF Alumna

Jim Nicholson

Jim Nicholson
Senior Director, Investments Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.

Catherine Nicolosi

Catherine Nicolosi
Associate Analyst 2, Moody's

Carolyn O'Brien

Carolyn O'Brien
J.P. Morgan Private Bank

Karen Ondrick

Karen Ondrick
Chief Connector, Lenovo

Ann Panaro

Ann Panaro
Lenovo Channel Program Manager

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Laura Parkinson
Event Administrator, Lenovo NA

Jerry Passione

Jerry Passione
General Manager of OpenLab, Juniper Networks

Phil Puthumana

Phil Puthumana
Program Manager, Technology in Education, Verizon Foundation

David Rabin

David Rabin
VP, North America Marketing, Lenovo

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Katy Rhodes

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Jason Richwagen
NAF Alumnus

Brad Ries

Brad Ries
North America Education Segment Marketing Manager, Lenovo

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Mary Rindlesbach
Senior Producer of Story Development, Upworthy

DeAnne Row

DeAnne Row
Program Operations Manager, Juniper Networks

Jamie Royster

Jamie Royster
Regional Sales Leader, Education Southeast, Lenovo

Mike Saad
Director, Lenovo Gaming

Sophie Sheehan

Sophie Sheehan
Lenovo Customer Ambassador

Josh Sheldon

Josh Sheldon
Director of Strategic Programs – MIT App Inventor, MIT Center for Mobile Learning

Mark Sherman

Mark Sherman
MIT Center for Mobile Learning

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Shannon Sigmon
Chief of Staff to Cliff Gumkowski, Lenovo

Ajit Sivadasen
VP, Global eCommerce, Lenovo

Amy Stuart

Amy Stuart
Director, Client and Partner Group, KKR

Casey Sutton
Lenovo Ambassador, Lenovo

Christina Taylor

Christina Taylor
NA Sales Operations Manager, Lenovo

Raquhel Taylor

Raquhel Taylor
NAF Alumna

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John Therrell
Regional Sales Leader, Education Southeast Public Sector, Lenovo

Antonnette Wallace

Antonnette Wallace
Associate-Tax, KPMG

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David Wiese
Regional Sales Leader, Education Southwest, Lenovo

Janice Williams

Janice Williams
Senior Associate-EA, KPMG

Matt Windham

Matt Windham
Lenovo Briefing Center

Sue Jones

Sue Jones
Director

Evan Lee

Evan Lee

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Kate Benson
Account Manager, Clean Design

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Jennifer Yu
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Abby Schoffman
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Katie Johnston
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Steve Rychly
Regional Sales Leader, Education MidWest, Lenovo

Alan Jackson

Alan Jackson

Judging Criteria

  • Problem Relevance
    5 Stars - Very relevant, solution doesn’t exist, useful for broad audience; 4 Stars - Relevant/original; 3 Stars - Some aspects relevant/original; 2 Stars - Not-relevant and/or an adequate solution already exists; 1 Star - Not addressed by the materials
  • Adequacy of Solution
    5 Stars - Addresses all aspects of problem and is exceptional in some way; 4 Stars - Addresses all aspects of problem; 3 Stars - Addresses most aspects; 2 Stars - Addresses some aspects of problem; 1 Star - Doesn’t address any aspects of problem
  • Creativity and Innovation in the Solution
    5 Stars -Completely original or elegant reimagining of existing app; 4 Stars -Mostly original, uses some ideas from existing apps; 3 Stars -Some original ideas, mostly replicates existing apps; 2 Stars -Replicates existing solutions; 1 Star -Not addressed
  • Quality of Graphical User Interface (GUI)/Design
    5 Stars - GUI is very appealing, layout is clear & unobtrusive; 4 Stars - GUI is appealing and easy to navigate; 3 Stars - Very basic GUI; 2 Stars - GUI is incomplete and/or missing features; 1 Star - Not addressed
  • Functionality
    5 Stars - Meets app goals & has additional useful features; 4 Stars - Fully meets goals; 3 Stars - Somewhat useable though features anticipated are missing or don’t work; 2 Stars - App as presented is unusable; 1 Star - Not addressed by materials
  • Usability
    5 Stars - Very easy for any audience, has visual/auditory feedback to make user experience simple; 4 Stars - Easy even for someone new to technology; 3 Stars - Usable by sophisticated user; 2 Stars - Difficult/frustrating to use; 1 Star - Not addressed
  • Quality of Materials
    5 Stars - Imaginative & informative, includes motivation and solution; 4 Stars - Covered all relevant info but unimaginative; 3 Stars - Didn’t cover all relevant aspects; 2 Stars - Didn’t cover any topics related to app; 1 Star- No supporting materials