The Verizon Innovative Learning app challenge — the no-coding-skills-needed contest that gives middle and high school students a chance to bring their problem-solving app ideas to life — is now accepting new app ideas for the 2016-2017 competition.

Winning student teams will be chosen from each state, earning a $5,000 grant for their school or organization and free tablets for each team member. Then the Best in State teams will compete for the ultimate prizes: an additional $15,000 for their organization, and the chance to turn their app ideas into real, working smartphone apps that will be made available for download.

Thousands of students across the U.S. have participated in the app challenge — now in its fifth year — gathering teams, dreaming up ideas, and creating concepts for mobile apps that could solve problems in their schools and communities.

Past winners have been featured at the White House Science Fair and even have gone on to sell their completed apps for cash.

Students can submit ideas through Nov. 18, and winners will be named in January and February 2017.

For more information on how to register for the Verizon Innovative Learning app challenge, or to download the completed apps, visit