Guppy Tank 2018

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We are excited to announce the 2018 Guppy Tank App Challenge!

Guppy Tank App Challenge is a year-long competition for NYC public school students in grades 6-8 sponsored by CA Technologies and PENCIL. Like television’s Shark Tank, Guppy Tank finalists will present an original working app to be judged by a panel of experts—including Adam Elster, CA’s President of Global Field Operations (and PENCIL Board Member)—and compete for great prizes, such as Chromebooks and scholarships to STEM camps.



November 17, 2017: Application Due
December 6, 2017: Team Proposal Due
January-March 2018: Special Workshops
April 2018: Demo Day
May 2018: Culminating Event

For more information and to RSVP, please contact


Student Eligibility
Teams may consist of two to four students. Each school may enter no more than two student teams in the Guppy Tank App Challenge, we ask there be a gender balance in the teams selected from your school (one girl and one boy) and that each app be an original idea.



  • In early 2018, students will have the opportunity to receive guidance and mentoring via from CA Technology volunteers via video conference
  • Guppy Tank Demo Day takes place in late April. Teams will present working prototypes of their app for feedback from volunteer judges
  • Guppy Tank Final App Challenge Day takes place in May



  • Programming Tutorials from Made With Code by Google for beginning and intermediate coders
  • Resources for Parents from MIT Media Lab’s Scratch Team software lets students create animations and stories with building blocks that mimic the structure of computer code
  • Tynker’s Hour of Code Free Activities Suite is a fun, intuitive suite of games that make it easy for kids to learn basic computational thinking and programming skills
  • Lessons and Tutorials from
  • Common Sense Media’s list of Best Apps and Websites for Learning Programming and Coding
  • Computing Lessons from Khan Academy

2016-2017 WINNERS

Four seventh graders from the Talented and Gifted (TAG) School won the 2017 Guppy Tank Challenge with their innovative app, Delta Speech. Inspired by the opportunity to solve communication problems for businesses, the students designed an app that allows individuals and groups to translate words and sentences. Delta Speech facilitates communication among those who speak different languages.
Guppy Tank’s 2016 winners hailed from P.S./I.S. 224. Their app, Dolphin, is an assistive communication program designed to aid non-verbal children with communication. By pushing a button and choosing a pre-programmed phrase transmitted through a mobile phone speaker, the user can efficiently communicate with others. Kim Kelleher, publisher of WIRED, cast the tie-breaking vote and declared Dolphin’s creators the winners of Guppy Tank 2016. As Ms. Kelleher indicated, Dolphin has the potential to transform communication for special needs children across the world.