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Nicole Kendrot Winner of the MyMoneyAppUp Challenge Grand Prize

MyMoneyAppUp Challenge Recap: I Won the Grand Prize!

It’s been quite the exciting week for me. I told you about the MyMoneyAppUp Challenge last Wednesday. Thursday I traveled to DC to attend some preliminary events for the awards ceremony. Then the awards ceremony itself was held on Friday morning. Believe it or not, I won the Grand Prize! It was an unbelievable experience and I’m so honored that I had the opportunity to present my app design as a finalist.

Here are the exciting highlights from the event:

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Home screen of Centz by Nicole Kendrot, MyMoneyAppUp Challenge Finalist Design

Preparations for the MyMoneyAppUp Challenge Awards Ceremony

MyMoneyAppUp Challenge LogoA while back, I decided to try doing something that I had never done before. I entered an app design challenge: the MyMoneyAppUp Challenge.

The MyMoneyAppUp Challenge, sponsored by the U.S. Treasury Department in partnership with the D2D Fund and Center for Financial Services Innovation, is a contest that encourages people to come up with ideas and designs for mobile applications that can help Americans shape and control their financial future. With an interest in personal finance and a background in design, I decided to give it a try.

I had been wanting to gain experience in mobile, but had not had many opportunities to do so leading up to my decision to participate in the challenge. After learning about the MyMoneyAppUp Challenge, I knew I had to participate. I figured that no matter the result, submitting an app design would be an interesting and challenging new way to stretch my brain.

Fast forward a month or two and I finished an app design proposal and submitted it hours before the submission period ended. I was hopeful when I submitted my app, but had no idea how many people would participate or the other types of proposals that people would submit. To my surprise (and excitement!), I received an exciting email one afternoon: I had been chosen as one of 8 finalists for the app design competition!

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