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Peninsula Bridge student app showcase set for July 17

Peninsula Bridge, a nonprofit dedicated to helping local kids from disadvantaged families succeed in high school and college, invites the public to a student app showcase on Tuesday, July 17, at Amazon Web Services in East Palo Alto.

The event, from 6 to 8 p.m., is the culmination of a three-week computer science boot camp for 30 Bridge high school students who learned how to program with MIT's AppInventor and worked in teams to develop new business concepts and build original apps. Bridge student teaching assistants partnered with Amazon Web Services engineers to support the student teams, according to Maureen Garrett of Bridge

At the July 17 event, the students will pitch their apps to a team of judges in a "shark tank-style" format. The winning team will be awarded college scholarships by Amazon.

The judges are leaders in venture capital, tech and community service, Garrett said. They include: Hassan Sawaf, director of AI at Amazon Web Services; David Schmaier, founder and CEO of Vlocity; Chris Tonas, vice president of development at Oracle; Mike Anderson, senior interaction designer at IDEO; Anjali Pichai; Aarti Chandna, impact investor and strategy consultant; Jeff Schmidt, director of integrated communications at Lockheed Martin; and Steve Herrod, managing director of General Catalyst Partners.

Launched in 1989, the Palo Alto-based Peninsula Bridge began as summer-only program working with underserved fifth- through eighth-graders, and now operates through the year supporting students from grade 5 through college. The program now supports 650 low-income Peninsula students, Garrett said.

Amazon Web Services, where the app showcase will take place, is at 2100 University Ave. in East Palo Alto.

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