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Arlington student wins scholarship with mobile phone app idea

Posted by Brock Parker  January 14, 2013 12:44 PM

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An Arlington High School student has won a $20,000 scholarship for his idea to create a mobile phone application that allows users to report and respond to volunteer opportunities.

Joseph Romano, a sophomore at the high school, beat out more than 120 high school students to win the grand prize from Samsung Mobile, according to a company press release announcing the prize this month.

Samsung Mobile collaborated in the summer of 2012 with several universities, including MIT, to host mobile phone application boot camps for top performing high school students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Romano’s mobile phone application called "Better4All" encourages users to identify areas in their community that need emergency and philanthropic assistance. The mobile phone application focuses on enabling people to report and respond to road hazards, off-road hazards and volunteer positions.

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