Build Your App Day has moved to an online event

In order to protect our participants and volunteers, we have decided to change the Build Your App Day to an online event.   More information and links to the event can be found online.  We should have online plans finalized by the start of next week.   Please stay tuned.

Innovation Design Challenge


Why do the Innovation Design Challenge

Tomorrow's leaders must understand how to program computers and other smart devices.  

  •  Employment of computer and information research scientists is projected to grow 16 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations  (
  •  In 2020, an estimated 1 million computer programming-related jobs in the US are expected to be unfilled.  ( )
  •  The national average mid-career computer science salary is $110,100, according to Payscale. Computer science is one of the highest-paying fields, with an average starting salary of $65,900.  ( )

Through the Scout Innovation Design Challenge, you will learn what is required to create an innovative solution and how to invent, innovate and implement an idea that improves your community. 

What is Innovation Design Challenge

Youth are challenged to think of an idea for an app that helps solve an United Nations Sustainable Development Goal or problem.  Youth will then  use the App Lab to learn to design apps.  More details about what must be completed and by when is included below as part of the application file.   Finalist will pitch their app design to a panel of industry leaders and winners can win between $500-$3000 for their unit.

 The Scout Innovation Design Challenge will allow you to:

  • Use creative strategies to develop solutions that focus on a UN Sustainable Development Goal
  • Understand what it means to create value and how it is measured
  • Learn how to effect change through risk-taking
  • Practice failing and to view failure as growth
  • Use computer science/engineering strategy to develop a project
  • Asses and modify the project through testing and the design process
  • Present their project and finding to their community


About the Innovation Design Challenge



Hour of Code/Innovation Design Challenge Kickoff    

                                                                                       --    Nov 23rd , 2019 at 8:00am

Build your App Work Day                              --    March 28th, 2020 9am to 5pm

Submission deadline                                         --    April 10th, 2020 at 5pm

Finalists Notified                                                 --    April 15th, 2020  

Pitch Party and Winners Selected            --    May 7, 2020 at 5:30pm



All prizes will be awarded to the unit.

  • 1st place - $3000
  • 2nd place - $2000
  • 3rd place - $1000
  • Finalists (3 will be awarded) - $500 each  


Who is Eligible to Apply

  1. All applicants must be registered with a unit in the Capitol Area Council, BSA.  They can be in a Cub Scout Pack, a Scouts BSA Unit, a Venture Crew, an Explorer Post, a Sea Scouts Ship or a STEM Scouts Lab.
  2. Applicants must complete download the fillable application form and submit it will all fields completed to before  5pm, April 10th, 2020
  3. Applicants must have permission from their unit leader to enter. 
  4. Applicants can work as individuals or in groups up to 6 people
  5. Units can submit up to 5 applications per unit. 



 Hugh Forrest – Director of Programming, SXSW

Gordon Daugherty – President, Capital Factory

Wendy Howell – Chief of Staff, Cisco Systems

Bob Metcalfe – Co-Invented the Ethernet, Co-Founded 3Com

Amber Allen, CEO, Double A Labs


Build Your App Day - March 28th - Why you should go!

In order to help youth build their apps for the challenge, we are introducing a Build Your App Day.  This free event will be at Anderson High School and is the best way to help finish (or start) your app!

  • 9am - 11am - Free online class on wire framing and how to design your app for the IDC.  There will also be a lot of extra hints on how to fill in you submission form and create a winning project.
  • 11am-5am - we will have volunteers online to help youth work on their apps and submission forms.  

What is needed to apply

What to do to create your app

  1. Pick one or more the the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals that you want to address ( )
  2. Develop a idea that can created into an app that can address your select goals.  This app can address a goal at a local or global level.   
  3. Answer the basic questions about your app, (examples are questions 10-14 on the application form below).  These include questions like who is your app for, what will your app do, etc.
  4. Develop a wire frame of your app.   A wire frame is a map of the different pages of your app and what each page will look like.
  5. Learn now to create an app by going to  and clicking on intro to app lab.  You should create a account!   If you are under 13, you will need your parent to help you create your account.
  6. Start creating your app.   You will need to create an app that has at least two events.  An event is when the user must make a choice and the app must do something based on that choice.  Your idea can have the app do much more than this, but you must show you can create an app that does at least this much.
  7. Go to the Build your App Day for help either starting or reviewing you app!  Click here to register.
  8. Publish your app via
  9. Complete the fillable pdf application form (downloadable below) and answer all 19 questions. You will need to paste in images of your wireframe and your app.  You will also need to include the link to your published app. 
  10. This must be submitted to by 5pm on April 10th.