The North Carolina Business Committee for Education’s Ready, Set, App! challenge is a mobile app development competition for high school students sponsored by Lenovo™. Student groups are asked to develop a mobile app using a mobile app development platform (e.g., MIT App Inventor) to solve a problem in their school or community. Ready, Set, App! focuses on three primary pillars:

  1.  Mobile App Development
  2. Professional and Personal Development
  3. Interpersonal and Soft Skills Development

Student groups are asked to adhere to the terms and conditions below to be considered for the competition. If groups have any questions, please contact Program Manager, Ciera Tucker, at

This video shows the highlights from our competition last year! Congratulations to our first place winners, Pantry Patrol, as well as our runners up, Go Compost and Ready, Set, Route! 

To view the team's full pitch videos as well as the full competition, please visit NC Student Connect provides resources and technology for educators and students in all 100 counties. Creating an account is completely free and will allow you to access the Ready, Set, App! videos and much more. Once you're logged in, make your way to the "Videos" tab, where you will then filter by "Conference/Initiative" and select "Ready, Set, App!"


Students must be enrolled as a 9-12 grade student in a North Carolina high school.

Teams are comprised of three-five students and one teacher advisor/leader. (Note: Students can only join ONE team. Also, team formation should seek to demonstrate and utilize diversity and inclusivity (e.g., race/ethnicity, gender, neurodiversity, age, culture, language, subject area of expertise).

Participants commit to developing an Android mobile application that addresses a problem in their school or community.

Registration opens October 11, 2021 and closes at 11:59 p.m. on January 28, 2022. Please note - registration only indicates interest in the competition and allows us to set you up with resources such as assigning your team one of our student interns. Final projects are not due until April 1, 2022.


RSA is designed in three phases:

  • Phase 1:  Registration
  • Phase 2: Develop + Demo + Pitch Group Reflection
  • Phase 3: Finalist Round

Phase 1:  Registration

Use the "Register Your Team Now" button below to access the registration form. The form requires the contact information for both the teacher advisor/leader and the student participants, in addition to a short description of what app you plan to build and what need it is fulfilling in your school or community.

Phase 2:  Develop + Demo + Pitch Group Reflection

Your team will develop a mobile app using a mobile app development platform (e.g., MIT App Inventor) to solve a problem in your school or community.

What to Submit: 

  • App Pitch + Demo
  • Group Reflection - Answer 3 out of the 6 questions provided in addition to the mandatory diversity question.
  • Upload your APK file to Devpost
  • Complete and enter information into all required fields of the submission form on hackathon site

Teams will submit a two-part video that includes the app pitch with demo, and a group reflection. The video should be no longer than 5 minutes. The video should be uploaded to YouTube, and the link should be added to the group submission form.  All competition materials are due by April 1, 2022, at 11:59 pm. Student groups that miss the deadline will not be entered in the final round of judging.

All teams moving forward to phase 2 will be assigned a Ready, Set, App! Student Mentor. Student groups will be appointed an RSA intern who will assist in the app development process. Student groups will coordinate times to conduct virtual check-ins with the designated intern that will last about 30 minutes. The check-ins are required to meet the guidelines of the competition. In the case that a group misses more than three check-ins with no communication within at least 24 hours, they will no longer be able to compete in RSA. Teams will also be given a project workbook. The project workbook will be accessible via google docs and will assist in the app development process. The workbook will be utilized during check-ins with their designated mentor. It is required for students to complete indicated activities within the project workbook.

Visit to view the submissions from last year, learn more about the site, and what to expect for Phase 2.

Phase 3:  Finalist Round

After the Phase 2 submission deadline, there will be a voting period to determine the finalists who will present at the Final Pitch Competition.

The finalists will be required to present their mobile app in front of an audience and a panel of judges who will select the top 3 winners that get to take home awesome prizes courtesy of Lenovo™. More details to come.

Thank you to our sponsor:

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