Westwood Schools presents:

MAD about Mattering APP Shark Tank Presentation Finals

Final SharkTank App Presentations in Computer Lab and Online

Tuesday, May 10th, 3:45pm

255 Fuller Street

Camilla, GA

This event will be held online. A link will be provided for those attending remotely. Please contact Vicki Davis 229-336-7992 or by email if you wish to attend this event.

Global Problems. Student-created solutions.

The MAD about Mattering final presentations are here.

Students at Westwood Schools will join their collaborative partners from Flowery Branch High School (Georgia), Driver Middle School (Indiana), Ron Clark Academy (Georgia), and Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy (Florida) to present their apps to the judges in the finals of the MAD about Mattering Project.

Who is judging? Executives from Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and the US Department of Education as well as global voting will determine which app goes live on the app stores from this project. Learn more about judging. Five apps will make it to the finals and each have five minutes to make their case.

Twelve apps. Five finalists. One prize.


3:00-3:30 pm Gathering and light refreshments

3:30-3:45 pm Competing teams will prepare in the library.

3:45 pm Final presentations will be aired live in the Computer Lab while students present in the library.

Picture shown is from the Westwood Drone Zone app team which won the US Dept of Education EdTech Developers Tour in Atlanta in Fall 2015. This year is the first year Westwood students have collaboratively developed apps with other schools. This is the first online collaborative app development project between students of different schools of this type and is organized by Westwood Schools teacher, Vicki Davis.

How Can I See the Apps?

Download the MAD-Store app on itunes, Google or in the online MAD-Store. Use the codes below. See the MAD about Mattering Judging Process.

Project Overview

Wikis and Videos

Students started with a Wiki page to introduce themselves to the other schools. Teams researched heartbreaks creating the site map for their teams. We call this the Handshake video.

Heartbreak Mapping

Next, students began mapping out what breaks their heart on a Padlet to share with everyone. Students then chose which heartbreak to make into an APP that they could create to make a difference in the world.
Heartbreak Mapping Pitch

After comparing their heartbreaks to that of other students, they began discussing how an app could improve their heartbreak.

Green light, red light, yellow light process

After pitching their ideas, student pitches were examined and students were given feedback. When the proposed app had a cohesive team, a strong app concept, and a concrete idea that could be implemented, teams were given the green light to go into production. Students had the choice to join other teams if their idea was not doable or if they did not attract enough collaborators for their project to move forward.

Logo development

Students selected color schemes and created logos and graphics for their apps.

Cutting edge software development workflow

Students used some of the leading methods of software development to collaborate. Students were trained in agile software development. Using Trello, students assigned jobs, collaborated, and handed work off between themselves much like the business world does across the world.

Feedback from other students

Student "sounding boards" reviewed student apps and provided feedback on concepts and ideas. Many of these sounding boards were elementary students creating their own apps.

App Development

Using MAD-Learn from Crescerance, students developed their apps.

Judges for the Finals

Lindsay Bayne

Lindsay is senior marketing manager for Microsoft in Education.

Jaime Casap

Jaime Casap is the Chief Education Evangelist at Google. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of the web, technology, and Google tools as enabling and supporting capabilities in pursuit of fostering inquiry-driven project-based learning models.

Clara Galan

Clara is the Content Marketing Manager at Amazon Education. A former teacher of ELA, ESL and Spanish for K-12, she is passionate about the importance of relationships in social-emotional learning and educating the whole child.

Joseph South

Joseph South, director of the Office of Educational Technology, has extensive experience establishing and scaling educational technology solutions in startup, corporate, non-profit and higher education settings.

What is MAD about Mattering?

About the Creators

Global collaborative pioneer teacher Vicki Davis, Choose 2 Matter founder Angela Maiers, and Alefiya Bhatia, CEO of Crescerance, put together this project with goals to:
  • To use compassion driven innovation & collaborative teamwork to develop an app that matters to the world
  • To facilitate collaborative social entrepreneurial teams using leading computer science technology to create apps that tackle important problems to the students
  • To develop a network of supporters and investors to help fund & develop student apps and take them to market.
  • To document & demonstrate the next generation of global collaboration harnessing the power of collaborative technology, social media, and emerging partnerships of organizations wanting to help students pursue their passions and become excellent collaborators in the world today.
  • To create a duplicable model of quad-engineering where four classrooms work together to solve important global problems and release that model as an open education resource (OER)for teachers around the world to use and adapt.
  • To ensure that students are not just consumers of technology, but also creators of it