Atlanta, GA: Atlanta student, Aditya Suri recently won the National Grand Prize of $20,000 from Samsung App Academy at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), a global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow that takes place every January in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Sixteen-year-old Aditya is a 11th grade student of George Walton High School, Marietta, GA.
His app is called “Mobi Sense” which facilitates effortless and equable communication between people with Visual, Vocal and Auditory impairments. The several functions of the App helps customize the application to user specific needs , hence facilitating accessibility of technology and extending their reintegration into the society and the community on both social and technological fronts. It allows individuals with impairments to fit right in, in this technologically contracting global community.
Over 300 students participated across the nation this year in the Samsung’s App development and coding program.
“As app development continues to surge as one of the most in-demand STEM-related (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) occupations, Samsung continues to drive programs like Samsung Mobile App Academy to encourage the next generation of young professionals to pursue careers in this critical field,” said a press release issued by Samsung Mobile. In the summer of 2014, 300 11th and 12th grade students across 10 U.S. cities were selected to participate in a three-day hands-on learning session. During the program, students worked with STEM industry leaders and collaborated within teams to learn real-world mobile app development and coding skills applicable in the growing field of mobile technology. Throughout the sessions, students used the Samsung Galaxy Note™ 10.1 – 2014 Edition tablet as their portal to the program curriculum and tool for researching the digital landscape.
Upon completion of the program, students submitted their own mobile app concept proposal that focused on bettering their community for a chance at scholarship prizing. Scholarships included – $20,000 for the grand prize winner; $10,000 for the 2nd place winner and $5,000 for the 3rd place winner.