Top Five Mobile Apps Announced in Lenovo National Competition

  • Nonprofit and Global Tech Leader launch “Fan Favorite” online voting
  • Lenovo Scholar Network program expands with $1 million grant from Lenovo

(New York, NY) – May 16, 2017: Lenovo and its nonprofit partner focused on high school education, NAF, today announced the top five winners from NAF academies participating in the third annual Lenovo Scholar Network National Mobile App Development Competition.

The competition and app development program encourages greater interest among underserved high school students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) while providing them with the high-tech skills to succeed in the 21st century. In this competition, teams of students from 50 Lenovo Scholar Network academies across the U.S. spent months developing mobile apps that will be of service in their classrooms and communities. The results every year are incredible.


This year’s final five winning apps are:

App NameNAF AcademyLocationApp description
AlacrityPhillip O. Berry Academy of TechnologyCharlotte, NCAn elegant natural disaster preparation app designed to prepare anyone when disaster is about to strike.
CPRonDemandEnloe High SchoolRaleigh, NCCPRonDemand is a user-friendly app that guides you through CPR in the event of cardiac arrest.
IrisPathways Academy of Technology & DesignEast Hartford, CTThis app connects college communities for student success.
Welcome to IB!Detroit Edison Public School AcademyDetroit, MITaking the stress out of IB, one project at a time.
Where’s Our Bus App?Olympic HS, School of Executive Leadership & Entrepreneurial DevelopmentCharlotte, NCMissed the bus again? Just by a few seconds this time? If only there was a way to not make that mistake anymore!

Mobile App Competition Fan Favorite Voting Through July 10
The final five were chosen by a panel of judges including representatives from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), members of education and tech media, Lenovo leadership and NAF alumni who were also part of the Lenovo Scholar Network. The winning teams will present their apps at NAF’s annual teacher’s development conference, NAF Next 2017, in Dallas July 9-12.

“Fan Favorite” voting opens today and will be open through July 10. The winning team will also receive state-of-the-art technology, courtesy of Lenovo.  Visit the Lenovo Scholar Network site to view the top 5 and to vote.

NAF, Lenovo Extend Partnership
NAF and Lenovo also announced the expansion of the Lenovo Scholar Network, including a $1 million grant from Lenovo. The grant provides funding and Lenovo technology over the next three years for select NAF academies and opens the Lenovo Scholar Network program to all NAF academies across the United States, with the goal of advancing STEM education and opportunities to an additional 20,000 students.

Partnership benefits also include allowing students to earn NAFTrack Certification credit, part of Lenovo’s commitment as a NAFTrack Certified Hiring Partner, and expanding engagement opportunities with Lenovo, including Lenovo in the Classroom volunteer events. Nearly 4,000 students are estimated to participate in the Lenovo Scholar Network during the 2017-2018 school year.

To learn more about the Lenovo Scholar Network and follow along with students’ app creation journey, visit or check out #LenovoScholars on social media.

Emilio Ghilardi, president, Lenovo North America
“Through this program, we have engaged young minds to embrace and explore STEM studies, and set their sights on higher education and the many exciting job opportunities in this critical field. Lenovo is proud to expand our partnership with NAF and to continue to inspire the next generation of leaders.”

JD Hoye, president, NAF
“It has never been a better time to be part of the Lenovo Scholar Network. We are so proud to announce this year’s winners of the mobile app development competition, and NAF would also like to extend our utmost gratitude to Lenovo for their longstanding commitment and dedication. We are thrilled for the expansion of the Lenovo Scholar Network and look forward to all of the positive contributions to come.”

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About Lenovo
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About NAF
NAF is a national network of education, business, and community leaders who work together to ensure high school students are college, career, and future ready. NAF works with high need communities to transform the high school experience through an educational design that includes industry-specific curricula, relationships with business professionals, and work-based learning experiences culminating in a paid internship. NAF academies fit within and enhance school systems, allowing NAF to become an integral part of a plan for higher achievement at a low cost. NAF academies focus on one of five career themes: finance, hospitality & tourism, information technology, engineering, and health sciences. During the 2015-16 school year more than 96,000 students attended 675 NAF academies across 36 states, including DC and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 2016, NAF academies reported 96% of seniors graduated with 92% of graduates with post-secondary intentions. For more information, please visit:

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