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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