GenTech Semi-Finals

GenTech Semi-Finals

Original article published by NYCEDC on September 13, 2013. To read the original article, click here

NYC Generation Tech, in partnership with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), held its first Semi-Final Challenge at tech startup Quirky on Tuesday. Nine high school teams presented mobile app prototypes and business plans that focused on improving education and quality of life in NYC to an expert panel of judges. At the end of the night, Quirky’s very own Andre Zdanow, long-time Quirky advisor and director of U.S. sales, presented a keynote on the Quirky model for product development.

Three teams were chosen to advance to NYC GenTech’s Demo Day on September 19:

  • Inspyer UPrepares and educates young students for the New York State Math Test by engaging them with fun, interactive, crime-solving games. Inspyer U strengthens players’ math skills while the players solve crimes around New York City. As the players move through each leveled scenario like a sleuth, they enhance their problem-solving skills since they use their reasoning to crack each case.
  • Mealr: Encourages a healthier lifestyle in young adults through social competition. Users of the app can monitor the foods they eat and water they drink each day with the food group and water trackers. When users hit their daily goals, their friends can challenge them to take a picture and make sure they are being true to their word. Ultimately, the app will keep friends engaged and striving to hit their daily health goals.
  • SproutEd: Education network that creates an environment for students and their peers to collaborate, get organized and discuss school-related topics and events. SproutEd’s message board encourages students to ask questions they might have when trying to complete a homework assignment or study for a test.

You can read more about all of the app teams here. Teams created a variety of helpful apps ranging from promoting high-school artists to making lives easier for high school athletes. Be sure to follow the competition on Twitter (@NYCGenTech and @NYCEDC will be live-tweeting) on Thursday, September 19 as the three teams duke it out for the top prize of $5,000 and a meeting with Union Square Ventures. The event, which will be held at the AppNexus office, is sure to be an exciting one. Our esteemed panel of judges include Michael Donnelly (SVP MasterCard Worldwide), Cameron Evans (CTO of Education at Microsoft), David Gilboa (Founder of Warby Parker), Kara Goldin (Founder & CEO of hint inc.), Jalak Jobanputra (Managing Partner at FuturePerfect Ventures), and Alexis Ohanian (Founder of reddit).

Space is limited, but if you are interested in getting involved with future NYC GenTech events, please email Assistant Director at NYCEDC, Julie Chan at 

We congratulate all nine teams for their impressive presentations and hard work, and wish the three finalists the best of luck. The future looks bright with this next generation of NYC tech-entrepreneurs!


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