Youthful innovation was on display June 9 at Surprise City Hall in culmination of the AZ TechCelerator’s 4th Annual Surprise Youth Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
Sixteen students from Paradise Honors, Shadow Ridge, and Valley Vista high schools worked in teams at the city’s business incubator to identify a community need and develop a product or service to address that need. In a tech-friendly twist, the students designed and printed a representation of their idea on 3D printers they helped build.
The finale of the weeklong camp was a marketing pitch before a panel of judges in the Surprise City Council Chambers. Designs included a new option for public transportation, a comprehensive community-based app, and a community garden to provide food to low-income residents. But, the big winner was DriveSafe, an app-driven device that unites car and smartphone to fight distracted driving amongst Surprise youth. Congratulations to Nickolas Robertson and Jack Platacz from Paradise Honors High School, and to Alaina Smith and Justice Smith from Valley Vista High School on their win! Each winning school took home one of the student-built 3D printers.
Since 2009, the AZ TechCelerator has fostered local start-ups, resulting in 16 businesses, over 200 jobs graduated, and a local Google project office.
Learn more at www.aztechcelerator.com or call 623.222.TECH.