Muskegon Tech Center student wins $1,000 in state contest for App | Business
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Muskegon Area Intermediate School District PRESS RELEASE
Tech Center student wins $1,000 cash in state contest with Relay for Life App
The Prima Civitas Foundation (PCF) recognized Travis Cochran, high school junior at Ravenna Public Schools and the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center, with a first place award and $1,000 cash for Best New Mobile App as part of the statewide 2012 Young Innovators Competition.
Cochran’s app is now available in the iTunes store and is called “Relay Laps - Kathy's Crew.” The app allows
participants in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life events to tracks laps, monitor local weather
conditions, and even sketch to pass the time. The Relay Laps app tied with Lansing Community College Early
College Food Pantry App for the first place award.
Cochran, who travelled to East Lansing last Saturday to receive the award, is enrolled in the Internet, Network &
Security Technologies Program at the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center. He designed the app to bolster
participation and interest in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life events that occur throughout the
The app is named after Travis’ great Aunt Kathy who lost her battle with cancer. Travis’ family known
as “Kathy's Crew” participates in the Relay for Life every year in her honor. With Relay Laps, users can keep a
count of the number of times they have circled the track on their iOS device. Information about Relay for Life
and what motivates people to participate is also included. While tracking laps, users can check the local weather and draw on a small sketchpad.
According to Cochran, the app will eventually post a user’s lap count to Facebook! All proceeds from the sale of the 99-cent app benefit the American Cancer Society. Cochran hopes the app will breathe new life into a well-known fundraiser, bolster participation, and make the event even more fun for participants.
The competition was conducted under PCF’s C.S. Mott Foundation funded Moving Ideas to Market Entrepreneurship Initiative which challenged 6th – 12th grade students in Michigan to submit business ideas for new products, solution-focused ideas, and mobile applications. One dozen volunteer judges with
entrepreneurial support, economic development, and technology expertise evaluated more than 100 submissions from nearly 220 Michigan students. PCF awarded $10,000 in total cash prizes to students who submitted ideas that ranged from food pantry apps to water purification devices and represented a wide geographic range of Michigan cities that included Ann Arbor, Detroit, Dewitt, Dexter, Flint, Grand Ledge, Holt, Lansing, Muskegon, Perry, Traverse City, and Williamston.
Susan Rhem-Westhoff, Internet, Network & Security Technologies Instructor, Muskegon Area Career Tech
Center, Muskegon, Michigan, 231-767-3676, firstname.lastname@example.org
Steven Bennett, VP for Innovation and Region Building, Prima Civitas Foundation, East Lansing, MI,
Travis Cochran’s App in the iTunes Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/relay-laps-kathyscrew/
2012 Young Innovators Competition Winners, idea submissions, names of judges: http://bit.ly/10NLDBaP
Prima Civitas Foundation Press Release: http://primacivitas.org/News-Media/PCF-News