JANJ NextGen Tech Series Presents

JAnj App Challenge            



High School Winner

Nabeel Ahmed and Sharjeel Ahmed

OutSafe is an app that manages your orders with QR codes. You use the app to unlock OutSafe hardware that keeps your packages safe so that only you and the delivery person has access to it. Companies can use OutSafe SDKs on their own product so that shipping is done through OutSafe.


Middle School Winner

Maansi Misra

GoodRecs is a book recommendation app that looks to tailor book recommendations based off questions that the user answers.

Task Town

High School Honorable Mention

Jacqueline Edwards and Daniela Liang

Task Town is an app for IOS that rewards you for completing tasks on your to-do list with materials that can be used to build and upgrade houses in your own personal town. Users can add tasks to their to-do list, and upon completing a task they select approximately how much time it took them from a list of several time ranges, and they are then rewarded accordingly. Task Town is designed to provide a way to both have fun building your own town, and to stay organized and motivated.

Health Help

Middle School Honorable Mention

Deepti, Deepika and Varshaa

Our app gives the user a full day plan starting from when they wake up to when they go to sleep. The app gives the user time for school or work and has healthy meals and exercise routines along with meditation courses.

Joy Bot

High School Honorable Mention

Parth Harish

JoyBot is a chatbot mechanism which analyzes the tone and speech patterns of the messages to determine if the user is undergoing a stress disorder such as PTSD, Depression, or another. If the tests are positive, alerts regarding the National Suicide Prevention Line and encouraging techniques to reduce the user's stress are provided. Psychologists, doctors, and other professionals can use this application to help diagnose stress related disorders, or monitor the progress of their patients.

COVID-19 Tester

Middle School Honorable Mention

Anna Zeng

COVID-19 Tester is an app that gives users a quiz that shows what COVID-19 symptoms they might have.

Challenge Details

Who: Team of NJ middle school or high school students (up to 3 students per team).

What: Create a 1-2 minute video demonstrating a mobile app that your team created. Your app should solve a real-world problem so be creative! The competition will be divided into a middle school and a high school category. 

When: Deadline for submission is June 3rd, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

Where: Each team will submit a registration form online and a submission link will be emailed to teams registered! Each member of the team must fill out the registration form individually and list their other team members.

Why: Learn how to make a mobile app and have fun in the meantime!



  • Team will receive $200

  • Video posted on JA App Challenge website 

  • Video shown at JA event

  • Certificate


Honorary Mention:​

  • Video posted on JA App Challenge website 

  • Certificate


Our Judges are from Ernst & Young. Hover over the judge's image to learn more!

Sean Seymour 

Tunde Lawson

Russell Jackson

Angel Diaz

Anthony Sgammato

How to submit

To participate in this challenge build your app and then take a 1-2 minute video! The video can be submitted as a youtube link or a google drive link. The specific place to submit will be emailed to you once you fill out the interest form. We reccomend that the video follows the general outline below.


Student Introduction


Problem Statement


App Description


App Demonstration


Q: How do I submit my app? 

A: Once you fill out the interest form, you will be emailed instruction to submit. The submission is in the form of a 1-2 minute video. 

Q: How do I get started if I have never coded before? 

A: Beginners are encouraged to participate as well! Check out the resources section to get started. There are tools such as MITAppInventor and links to videos that you can watch!

Q: How will I be judged? 

A: Judging will be based on five criteria: application to solve a real-world problem, creativity, functionality, technological complexity, and aesthetics. Check out the specific rubric here.

Q: When is the deadline? 

A: The deadline is May 31st at 11:59pm. Late entries will not be accepted. 

Q: I don’t have a team can I still participate? 

A: Yes! Submitting solo is accepted as well. Teams can be made up of up to four students. High school and Middle school students may be on the same team but will qualify in the "High School" judging category. 

Q: What are some other opportunities to get involved with JA? 

A: Check out hackja.com the website for information about our hackathon. We host hackathons twice a year. If you would like to get involved with the student leadership committee (group of high school students that plan events that are part of the NextGen Tech Series) shoot us an email at JANJappchallenge@gmail.com

Q: I'm not a NJ resident. Can I still participate?

A: Sorry, this competition is limited to NJ residents only.

Q: Where will this competition take place?

A: Everything is online!

Q: How will I be notified if I won?

A: Winners will be notified by email within 3 weeks after the deadline!

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