Calling All Student App Developers:


Third Annual Appreneur Scholarship Competition Now Seeking Entrants
High School, Undergraduate and Graduate Students Enrolled Globally
May Apply Now Through November 30, 2015
Winners to Be Recognized by Technology Influencers at CES® 2016
and Receive a $5000 Scholarship

NEW YORK, September 24, 2015—The entrepreneurial mindset of high school, college and graduate students has boomed globally. As part of that expansion, the world’s brightest students have been masterfully coding and creating apps that are on the cutting edge of today’s mobile technology. For the third year, the Appreneur Scholar award program, sponsored by the Kay Family Foundation and produced by Living in Digital Times, will recognize the creative efforts of these student app entrepreneurs or “appreneurs.” High school, undergraduate and graduate students from around the world are now invited to enter the 2016 Appreneur Scholar competition. The deadline to enter is
November 30, 2015.
“Our foundation is committed to supporting aspiring entrepreneurs as they work to become tomorrow’s leaders of industry,” said Elim Kay, president of the Kay Family Foundation. “Our partnership with Living in Digital Times at CES enables us to shine the spotlight on the young minds shaping our
digital future.”
Two deserving student app creators will each receive a generous $5,000 scholarship funded by the Kay Family Foundation to help them pursue their studies and refine their apps. They will also win a trip to CES® 2016 in Las Vegas (travel and accommodations provided), where they will have the opportunity to show off their apps to an audience of technology influencers. The students will be recognized during the annual Mobile Apps Showdown live show and TransformingEDU conference, both events also produced by Living in Digital Times, on January 8, 2016.
“Now in its third year, the Appreneur Scholarship competition is gaining attention from large institutions like Association for Computing Machinery (ACM),” said Kerry Goldstein of Living in Digital Times, producer of the Appreneur Scholar program. “This widens the applicant pool to find the most innovative young app developers from across the globe.”
For the first time, Appreneur Scholar winners will also receive a free membership to the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society. This membership also qualifies the students to apply for a scholarship to attend the International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE), a conference providing a forum for researchers, practitioners and educators in the software engineering field.
Goldstein added, “Students who have received the Appreneur scholarship over the last several years have gone on to accomplish amazing feats.”
Brooke Martin, a 2015 Appreneur Scholar who won for iCPooch, went on to pitch her app on “Shark Tank,” and win second prize in Microsoft’s 2015 Small Business Contest. She is also launching iCLovedOnes, which will allow users to video chat with an aging relative or deliver their medication from anywhere in the world. Learn more about the 2015 Appreneur Scholars here and the 2014 winners here.
The Appreneur Scholar awards recognize the creative efforts of student-built applications running on any of the current mobile app devices including iOS, Android, Windows 8, as well as smartwatches, wristwear, Google Glass and other emerging platforms.
Entrants are evaluated by a panel of judges, which include professional educators, software developers and academicians, based on five main criteria: impact, scalability, originality, user interface and retention. To enter, students must complete the online entry form by the November 30th deadline.
The Kay Family Foundation, founded by Steeve Kay and managed by Elim Kay, looks for creative, entrepreneurial and dedicated students to bestow the award.
For updates on the Appreneur Scholar competition, follow Appreneur Scholars on Twitter at @AppScholars, and follow the hashtag #Appreneur.
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About Kay Family Foundation
Kay Family Foundation is a U.S. private grant-making foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to promote new models and systems that produce 21st century global leaders primarily across four thematic pillars: faith, education, medical and the arts. For more information, visit

About Living in Digital Times
Founded by veteran technology journalist Robin Raskin, Living in Digital Times brings together the most knowledgeable leaders and the latest innovations impacting both technology and lifestyle. It helps companies identify and act on emerging trends, create compelling company narratives, and do better business through strong network connections. Living in Digital Times produces technology conferences, exhibits and events at CES and other locations throughout the year by lifestyle verticals. Core brands include Digital Health Summit, Fitness Tech, Baby Tech, [email protected], Family Tech Summit, TransformingEDU, MommyTech TV, Beauty Tech, Wearables and FashionWare runway show, Mobile Apps Showdown, Last Gadget Standing, Robots on the Runway and the KAPi Awards. The company also works with various foundations and manages the Appreneur Scholar awards program for budding mobile entrepreneurs, as well as the 10 Under 20: Young Innovators to Watch awards recognizing student STEAM innovations in New York City. For more information, visit and keep up with our latest news on Twitter, Linkedin and Facebook.

About CES:
CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. And because it is owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the technology trade association representing the $285 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry, it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry’s most relevant issues are addressed. Check out video highlights from the 2015 CES. Follow CES online at and through social media.

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