On Saturday, Mar. 28, Amplify 4 Good welcomed 78 Atlanta area college and high school students for a special edition of “Goodie Innovation,” in partnership with the United Negro College Fund and Accelerate With Google. Hosted at the newly opened General Assembly in Ponce City Market, ‘Goodie Innovation’ gave area students the opportunity to experience a civic “hackathon” and tackle six critical issues impacting Atlanta’s underserved communities. With the help of volunteer mentors and a crash course in launching a start-up, teams collaborated to develop a technology driven solution for one of the six issues.
This special edition of Goodie Innovation helped students learn tech startup philosophies and methodologies, become aware of pressing social problems impacting their communities, and showcased their brilliant innovation in developing mock companies that can solve them.
Powered by Accelerate by Google (using Google products Drive, Slides and Docs) to communicate and collaborate, diverse teams of high school and college men and women along with two adult mentors tackled social issues like education inequality, food deserts, physical inactivity, mentorship and negative self esteem and self image. After a few hours of brainstorming, the nail biting pitch competition gave the judges the task of choosing the winner and which teams would advance to next week’s HBCU I.C.E. (Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship) competition where the technology part of their ideas will be built by African-American Computer Science students.
The winning team, NXT STEP, responded to the issue of lack of resources for parents looking to help guide their graduating high school students to the next step in life. NXT STEP is a website that helps parents plan for their children’s post-high school education by providing answers to frequently asked questions and concerns then directing them to agencies and programs that can further help streamline their search.
Congratulations to the following students of NXT STEP:
Maygan Hooper, Clayton State University
A’nita Evans, Clayton State University
Darnell Hurt , Clayton State University
Amber Jenkins , Gateway to College Academy
Nia Willis , Spelman College
Micaela Harris, Spelman College