Samsung Mobile Launches Free Mobile Application Boot Camps For Academically Advanced High School Students
Grand Prize of $20,000 in Scholarships Awarded to Winning Mobile Application Ideas Created during Educational Camps held in San Francisco, Dallas, Atlanta and Boston
DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States and the No. 1 smartphone provider worldwide1, is hosting four two-day mobile applications boot camps free for top performing high school students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
“The boot camps aim to cultivate understanding of how to apply what they are learning in school to real world opportunities. We hope to inspire a new generation of young engineers.”
The camps will introduce the students to the growing mobile applications industry and provide a chance to develop the “next big thing” in mobile applications. During the boot camps, students will have access to mobile technology leaders, application developers and web entrepreneurs to learn about the latest developments in mobile technology and innovative mobile application campaigns through case studies and interactive panel discussions. Students will use the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2™ 10.1 to access the program curriculum, research the digital landscape and learn about mobile applications.
“Samsung hopes to positively influence proficiency and the future by fostering students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said Dale Sohn, President of Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile). “The boot camps aim to cultivate understanding of how to apply what they are learning in school to real world opportunities. We hope to inspire a new generation of young engineers.”
Participating students will be able to submit their own mobile application concept proposal for a chance to win a grand prize of $20,000 in scholarships; 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive $10,000 and $5,000 in scholarships. All winners, plus one 4th and one 5th place winner will receive Samsung Mobile’s flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S® III smartphone.
Samsung is working with Scholastic – the global children’s publishing, education and media company – to develop the activities for the boot camps as well as teacher resources that will be available online for teachers interested in teaching mobile application development during the school year.
Highly recognized engineering universities were selected for the boot camps in an effort to provide the students the ability to gather insight and information about the engineering field as they are nearing the college application process. As a part of the boot camps, students will be able to speak with distinguished faculty and graduate students from the host universities and Samsung Mobile executives to discuss the role technology can play in improving their community and beyond.
Samsung Mobile Application Boot Camps will be held at the following locations:July 11-12: San Francisco, CA, University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley)July 18-19: Dallas, TX, University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas)August 8-9: Atlanta, GA, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)August 15-16: Boston, MA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
For more information about the program, please visit www.scholastic.com/samsungbootcamp. For additional questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 Samsung is the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States and the No. 1 smartphone provider worldwide according to Strategy Analytics, Q1 2012 U.S. Market Share Handset Shipment and Global Smartphone Shipment Reports.
About Samsung Telecommunications America
Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsungwireless.com.
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2011 consolidated sales of US$143.1 billion. Employing approximately 206,000 people in 197 offices across 72 countries, the company operates two separate organizations to coordinate its nine independent business units: Digital Media & Communications, comprising Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, and Digital Imaging; and Device Solutions, consisting of Memory, System LSI and LED. Recognized for its industry-leading performance across a range of economic, environmental and social criteria, Samsung Electronics was named the world’s most sustainable technology company in the 2011 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books and a leader in educational technology and services and children’s media. Scholastic creates quality educational and entertaining materials and products for use in school and at home, including children's books, magazines, technology-based products, teacher materials, television programming, film, videos and toys. The Company distributes its products and services through a variety of channels, including proprietary school-based book clubs and school-based book fairs, retail stores, schools, libraries, television networks and the Company’s Internet Site, www.scholastic.com.