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Around Town

TIME TO SHOW OFF THOSE APPS ...The City of Palo Alto's 2014 Apps Challenge, launched earlier this year to engage local techies with a propensity for civic engagement, is continuing full throttle, with a showcase of the nine finalists' apps scheduled for this Sunday, April 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road. The city named the finalists in March, and their ideas range from a social network for local dog owners and a game to encourage residents and businesses to reduce their carbon footprints to an app directing drivers to the nearest available parking space and a crowd-sourced database of places accessible for disabled citizens. The finalists have had the last six weeks to develop, design, code and create their ideas and prepare to show them off Sunday. Eight developers from Palo Alto-based data company Cloudera also hopped on board to provide advice to the finalists along the way, the city said. On Sunday, there will be networking opportunities as well as refreshments, live entertainment and a chance to give the finalists feedback on their apps. The final winner will be announced May 31.

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Posted by Kudos Gunn!
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 26, 2014 at 6:35 pm

The piece "GUNN GETS HIGH MARKS" deserves a call out:

US News named Gunn as the 1ST BEST STEM HIGH SCHOOL IN CALIFORNIA and the 5TH BEST IN THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES (not the 5th best in California as stated above). Web Link

What's pretty impressive when you consider that the top 1-4 US spots are for charter and magnet schools which hand pick their students. Gunn is the top open enrollment STEM high school in the US. No tests to get in. No applications to fill out.

In the overall program rankings, Gunn placed 104 in the US and 17 in CA.

Kudos Gunn!