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About Next Generation Tech

The Next Generation Tech program provides Pinellas County High School students with a real world environment for developing software while working with business community mentors. The uniqueness of this program is its emphasis on the software development framework and the different types of skills and career opportunities (so much more than programming!!!) needed to develop and deliver Technology solutions.

What product idea do you have to make the world a better place? Come work side-by-side with real world business mentors to develop your idea and make your product a reality!!! This is your chance to win up to $10,000 to develop your product and make an impact in the world. It takes just 10 to 15 minutes to apply online and fill out the application with your business solution and product idea. 

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Student Tech Program Winner

Competition Information

1. This is a team competition with 3-5 students on a team.
2. You must apply online.
     - Each team member must submit a signed parent consent and media release form.     
     - Each team must submit an application to apply.
3. The competition is open to any student attending Pinellas County Public High Schools.
4. Once you have applied, a link will be provided to the Basecamp tool for your team to post all of your documentation required for the competition.
5. Three winners will be selected: 

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2017-2018 Next Generation Tech Program Finalist 

Berry Inc.

Millions of kids around the country are still being bullied. That means that the methods used by schools are obsolete. We have a plan to help the millions of kids by giving kids more of an incentive to be the bigger person and help bullying dissolve into nothing. We have a genius idea to make a game to teach kids in their early middle school years about the long-term effects on bullying.

Climate Inc.

Who: Our product is meant for both believers or non-believers of global warming and human’s involvement throughout various countries across the world.

What: Global warming is evidently a serious threat to the world. The climate impact on the globe has reached an all-time high, and the changes it can make will be cataclysmic. However, millions of people to this day, from normal everyday citizens to business CEO’s and politicians, still doubt the simple existence of the event. To fix the globe is going to require the efforts of all the people of the globe, and we need to reach the facts out to them.

When: The event of global warming is occurring all around us as we speak, so it is important that we take action now.

Where: All across the world, we are feeling the effects of Global Warming, from the uprising of carbon emissions in the atmosphere, to the soaring water temperatures in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, so even the increase of global climate. Although this effect is felt more in some places than others, it is truly a world-wide disaster.

Why: The globe is warming rapidly, and if we do not find a solution to it soon, it may reach the point in which the change is unstoppable. This will result is soaring temperatures, a major increase in carbon dioxide in the air, and eventually the widespread death of most species across the world, including humans. Billions could die as a result if we do not take action to present this

Ginger Inc.

We would like to make a quality program that gives educational content mainly for K-12 schools. (or at least better than school tube). We have reviewed other such websites that have the same idea, but all of them lack in quality and in actual education for as most of the videos were just videos made at a school, but not actually containing any educational content improving the learning experience for students. So, in a summary of our problem statement we are taking a similar idea and making it better in a more quality, easy to access, friendly website.

Metero Games

Many people in coastal communities take for granted how important it is to prepare for hurricanes. Some people don’t think that hurricanes will be that bad. Some don’t believe that the hurricane will impact them, so they don’t adequately prepare. In fact, 32 civilians died during hurricane Irma from causes such as drowning and blunt force injuries that could have been prevented if they had evacuated or prepared correctly. With our serious game, we hope to change people’s attitudes concerning hurricanes and give life-saving preparedness tips. We will give the player choices and consequences during situations that frequently happen in hurricanes, and guide them on how they can effectively prevent and prepare for these potentially fatal situations. Essentially, our serious game could save lives.


There are currently no public transportation apps that send live updates for PSTA buses, making it harder for riders to catch buses if the bus is early or they are late. The product will be a mobile application on iOS and Android platforms. It will use the RidePSTA API to pull real-time data on bus routes.

Project Sway

Our product will be aimed at people who require wheelchairs. It develops a solution for the issue of wheelchair mobility by using a different wheel setup. This will better allow people with wheelchairs to move around urban environments. By using an app to control it, we can both decrease costs for it, and implement additional features for people with other disabilities, such as voice control for those who may not have the dexterity (people with Parkinson's, among others) to control it normally.


Who: Media and entertainment companies (, educational institutions, and even scientific r&d and exploration companies (SpaceX, Odyssey Marine) have no fully immersive user experience. This could also even be expanded into a military application with 3-dimensional rendering allowing personnel to make more accurate judgements. Additionally, it could allow students who cannot attend school to have a more intimate education, like except fully immersed.

What: We will integrate the Oculus Rift system with remotely piloted drones and rovers, streaming a first-person view in real time. This will enable researchers to have a much more intimate experience with their subject material, whether in the deep sea, remote areas, or schools.

When: The technology could be used either around-the-clock for promotional or demonstration purposes (for instance, live streaming a moon landing in 3D) or as-needed for research, surveillance, and remote attendance.

Why: Three-dimensional user experiences are virtually nonexistent, and the Oculus system has yet to be adopted by the general or corporate population.

Stuck on Mars

Our project is going to be aimed towards elementary school students who are interested in learning about space and the solar system. It is made to educate students about the different planets in our solar system. Schools can fail to keep the students interested and stick with the content. We chose to do a game because games can make a learning environment fun, and help students remember content effectively. It is important to solve this problem because everyone should be educated about the places outside of our Earth, and because the students aren’t absorbing the content because they aren’t interested.

Tekality Inc.

Who: Our target audience will differ due to different difficulty levels for all ages.

What: Global Warming, Water pollution, Deforestation, and overall problems affecting the world.

Where: Northeast. Heat waves, heavy downpours and sea level rise pose growing challenges to many aspects of life in the

Northeast. Infrastructure, agriculture, fisheries and ecosystems will be increasingly compromised. Many states and cities are beginning to incorporate climate change into their planning. Northwest. Changes in the timing of stream flow reduce water supplies for competing demands. Sea level rise, erosion, inundation, risks to infrastructure and increasing ocean acidity pose major threats. Increasing wildfire, insect outbreaks and tree diseases are causing widespread tree die-off.

Southeast. Sea level rise poses widespread and continuing threats to the region’s economy and environment. Extreme heat will affect health, energy, agriculture and more. Decreased water availability will have economic and environmental impacts.

Midwest. Extreme heat, heavy downpours and flooding will affect infrastructure, health, agriculture, forestry, transportation, air and water quality, and more. Climate change will also exacerbate a range of risks to the Great Lakes.

Southwest. Increased heat, drought and insect outbreaks, all linked to climate change, have increased wildfires. Declining water supplies, reduced agricultural yields, health impacts in cities due to heat, and flooding and erosion in coastal areas are additional concerns.

Why: Because if we don’t, future generations could be left in a bad state that we have caused and they may not have as good of a life as we wanted them to have.

The Good Vibez

Our target audience is people who have trouble waking up in the morning particularly those in generation X and millennials who use their phone as an alarm clock. They would be downloading this app to help them wake up in the morning for their daily activities like school or work. 53% of people report feeling dreadful upon hearing their alarm. 65% of woman and 57% of men have gotten so used to their alarm and hitting the snooze button at least once. 33% of people use more than one alarm to get up. This can cause them to be late to their job or school. If this were to be fixed, then those people would have an easier time waking up and become more active mentally for their day. This would be used in the morning and even for other activities like working-out. This problem needs to be solved because these people can lose their job, get suspended from school, or other negative consequences.

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