Clearly Innovative Education and Connect.DC — Digital Inclusion Initiative

  • The program was hosted at Inclusive Innovation Incubator which is a physical manifestation of all of the work my team and I have worked on over the last ten years here in Washington DC to create a more inclusive innovation ecosystem for entrepreneurs, technologist and creatives
  • 16 high school students, all of whom are DC residents, participated in the program. (15 students completed the program)
  • Schools represented included McKinley Tech, Wilson High School, Thurgood Marshall Academy, French International School, School Without Walls, Washington Latin Public Charter School, DC International School, St. Vincent Pallotti, Somerset Prep Public Charter School and Cesar Chavez High School
  • The program met weekly on Saturdays from 10:00 am — 3:00 pm from April 21 — June 16 at In3. Instruction was provided by Christopher King, recent MBA grad and social enterprise entrepreneur, and Rachel Decoste, experienced software developer.
  • Students worked in collaborative teams to create mobile app prototypes. App ideas were as follows:
  • “Trakr”: A real-time crime reporting app
  • “Present”: A productivity app to combat smart phone addiction
  • “Good Eats”: A restaurant app to help teens find good restaurants
  • “PostEd”: A communication app to help students share class notes, ask questions and share class materials
  • “Clothes 4 All” Fashion app to help low-income individuals find affordable, high-quality clothing
  • The crime reporting app, known as Trakr, was the winning team. Team members were Matthieu Louat (9th grade, French International School), Samuel Johnson (11th grade, Somerset Prep Public Charter School) and Demetrius Sharpe (9th grade, Cesar Chavez High School)

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CEO Clearly Innovative Inc., www.clearlyinnovative.com + CEO Inclusive Innovation Incubator www.in3dc.com

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