MAD About Mattering Finale: Five Groups of Students Present Their #appsthatmatter to a Panel of EdTech Leaders

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Three Partner Organizations (Crescerance, Choose2Matter, CoolCatTeacher) present Thirteen apps, Five finalists, One prize.

MAD About Mattering, a global project that challenges teams of students to develop apps that tackle social problems, today announced that at 3:30 pm EDT on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, students will present their apps to an esteemed panel of EdTech experts. One app selected by the judges will be formally submitted to App stores by Crescerance.

The media and members of the public are invited to watch the final presentations online, at 3:30 pm EDT on May 10, by registering here: More details are available here:

The final judges for the MAD about Mattering App Challenge are:

Rohit Agarwal, General Manager of Amazon Education
Lindsay Bayne, Senior Marketing Manager; Microsoft in Education
Jaime Casap is the Chief Education Evangelist at Google
Joseph South, Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education.
Ankur Goel, VP Product Strategy, MAD-learn by Crescerance

The apps that the students will present address a broad range of social problems, including sex trafficking, suicide, animal abuse, self-harm, and poverty. See below for a full list of the student apps and how to access them.

MAD About Mattering was launched in January 2016, through a collaboration among global collaborative pioneer teacher Vicki Davis (, Choose2Matter founder Angela Maiers (, and Co-founder of MAD-learn by Crescerance, Alefiya Bhatia ( The collaboration had six goals:

1. To use compassion driven innovation & collaborative teamwork to develop an app that matters to the world
2. To facilitate collaborative social entrepreneurial teams using leading computer science technology to create apps that tackle important problems to the students
3. To develop a network of supporters and investors to help fund & develop student apps and take them to market.
4. To document and demonstrate the next generation of global collaboration harnessing the power of collaborative technology, social media, and emerging partnerships of organizations wanting to help students pursue their passions and become excellent collaborators in the world today.
5. To create a duplicable model of quad-engineering where four classrooms work together to solve important global problems and release that model as an open education resource (OER )for teachers around the world to use and adapt.
6. To ensure that students are not just consumers of technology, but also creators of it

To view all of the student-created apps, download the “MAD-store” app on iTunes, Google Play or in the online MAD-store - Below is a list of all of the student-created apps. The first five apps listed below will be presented in the finals. Use the codes below next to each app to see it on a mobile device.

Stop Sex Trafficking - 219-413-839
Suicide Prevention App - 049-983-312
No Excuse for Abuse - Animal Abuse - 775-278-758
Overty - Anti-Poverty - 925-168-917
Uncut - Self Harm - 356-189-777
Choose2Matter - Mattering - 269-775-793
Enough - Domestic Violence - 269-993-976
Bullyproof - Anti-Bullying - 222-366-436
In Special Shoes - People w/Mental Illness & Physical Disabilities Matter - 491-687-169
Quit the Addict - Addiction - 096-952-053
StressLess - School Stress - 262-668-762
Texting and Driving App - 378-499-598
WeCancervive - Cancer Support and Prevention - 685-946-667

Students from five schools were a part of the initial launch of MAD about Mattering and were led by these amazing, courageous, trail-blazing teachers:

Susan Bearden / @s_bearden / Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, Melbourne, Florida,
Junior Bernadin / @jbernadin / The Ron Clark Academy, Atlanta, Georgia
Vicki Davis / @coolcatteacher / Westwood Schools, Camilla, Georgia
Dawn Madden / @coachdawnmadden / Flowery Branch High School, Flowery Branch, Georgia
Natalie McKalip / @NatalieMcKalip / Lee L. Driver Middle School, Winchester, Indiana

To participate in the next cohort, in any manner, please fill out this form:

Global Problems. Student-created solutions. MAD about Mattering.

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