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Attention Native Youth Coders and Digital Designers: NB3 Foundation Launched a Mobile APP Competition

Native youth have a unique opportunity to design a health and nutrition mobile APP for the Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation. The nonprofit launched a national competition to engage tech-savvy youth across Indian Country to think creatively, culturally and digitally about their diet, nutrition, exercise and fitness. The challenge is to turn that knowledge into a solution or problem-solving mobile APP that eventually may be used by the NB3 Foundation.

“The NB3 Foundation recognizes that more and more Native youth are using their mobile devices and APPs to track their physical activity, nutrition and even water intake. This competition is an integral step for the Foundation in the direction of connecting youth with technology to build healthier lifestyles,” said NB3 Foundation President and CEO Justin Kii Huenemann.

The NB3 Foundation created the competition with a generous grant from the Comcast Foundation in partnership with Cultivating Coders, a social enterprise that brings computer science and coding education to isolated communities, particularly for students in middle school and high school.

The NB3 Foundation is accepting applications for a mobile APP focusing on improving the health and nutrition of Native youth – designed by Native youth. The competition is open to individuals or teams of Native youth, ages 13-18, experienced in coding, design, digital media and/or mobile technology. Check out eligibility rules and guidelines.

Participants must submit a completed application with supporting documents that includes a four-page outline and video of the APP. Contest applications will be accepted from September 1 to October 31, 2018.

A panel of NB3 Foundation staff and experts will choose first, second and third place winners. The first-place winner will work with Cultivating Coders to further develop the APP into a Minimum Viable Product (MVP).

Cultivating Coders disrupts the traditional model that requires students to come to an urban place to learn computer and coding skills. Cultivating Coders brings the learning experience to students in remote areas, the majority of whom are minorities or Native American, according to Charles Ashley III, president and founder of Cultivating Coders.

For more information or questions about the application process, please contact Simone Duran, NB3 Foundation Program Assistant, at simone@nb3f.org or 505-867-0775 ext. 102.

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