Last year, we debuted our MAD about Mattering project. There was one cohort of five schools:
  • Westwood Schools,
  • Ron Clark Academy,
  • Flowery Branch High School,
  • Lee Driver Middle School,
  • Holy Trinity

Students brainstormed topics that broke their hearts. From there, students joined teams based on similar topics and began thinking of awareness efforts or solutions that they could make their app about. There were 13 cross-school teams that collaborated in a virtual environment, contributing a wide variety of skills to develop their app. Skillsets included graphic design, mobile app development, project management, branding, writing, and more. 5 out of the 13 teams were selected to compete in the finals.
The five apps presented in Tuesday’s competition were
  1. Stop Sex Trafficking
  2. Suicide Prevention
  3. No Excuse for Animal Abuse
  4. OVERTY (Getting over poverty)
  5. Uncut – Preventing Self-harm

Learn more about the student’s apps here.
A finals selection panel including Rohit Agarwal, General Manager of Amazon Education; Lindsay Bayne, Senior Marketing Manager of Microsoft in Education; Jaime Casap, Chief Education Evangelist at Google; Joseph South, Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education; and Ankur Goel, Vice President for Product Strategy, MAD-learn by Crescerance, judged the presentations.

“MAD about Mattering has sought to prove that students could collaborate as they created apps, websites, and social media campaigns. The final event on Tuesday was an amazing display of three months of hard work and striving to make a difference in the world,” said Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher.

While focusing on making the world a better place through mobile app development, students learned so much more than just how to make apps. Here’s what they had to say about the project:

“I learned how to make an app and collaborate with multiple people from different schools. It can be hard to communicate, so I became comfortable after a couple of days working with them and they just started feeling like ‘normal’ classmates.”
Cameron, Assistant Project Manager – No Excuse for Abuse

“I learned about leadership as part of this project. Leadership is not easy. When you’re leading with someone, always listen to other people’s ideas instead of always trying to put your ideas in.” Ivana– Choose2Matter
The winning team was Uncut, the self-harm prevention app.

Crescerance will be formally submitting their app into the app store, enabling them to share their creation with the world. Learn more about Uncut app here.