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Updated: May 2, 2023

Tyler Tech names 2023 Maine App Challenge winners

Three winners on stage with oversized checks Courtesy / Project>Login Here is a file photo of the winners of the 2023 Tyler Technologies Maine App Challenge, where middle and high school students' have the opportunity to complete a series of free workshops related to brainstorming, customer discovery, prototyping, testing, and promotional pitching offered in collaboration with the Foster Center for Innovation at UMaine.
Matthew Fagerlund of Scarborough High School finished in first place for GiRAPHER, an app that helps middle and high school students learn how to graph mathematical equations.
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Tyler Technologies (NYSE: TYL), a Plano, Texas-based provider of integrated software and technology services with 1,000 employees in Maine, honored three young innovators in Portland on Saturday as winners of the company's 2023 Maine App Challenge.

The annual contest challenges students to show off their skills and creativity by building a mobile application.

Matthew Fagerlund of Scarborough High School finished in first place for GiRAPHER, an app that helps middle and high school students learn how to graph mathematical equations.

Second place went to Abigail Hews of Scarborough High School for Resume Roulette, an app that produces custom resumes and tracks user information. 

And third place went to Sebastien Martinez of Yarmouth High School for a ColoPrep, which enables users to successfully prepare for a colonoscopy procedure.

All three winners received college scholarships worth a combined $10,000.

“This program has grown and is continuing to grow with great momentum," said Matt Jones, Tyler Tech's manager of software engineering, in a news release. "This year, we exceeded our submission expectations with more than double the number of submissions we had last year. We couldn’t be more pleased to see Maine’s bright young minds so engaged in the world of STEM," short for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Similar to last year, Tyler collaborated with the Foster Center for Innovation at the University of Maine to host  free workshops for students to help with brainstorming, prototyping and testing their applications.

“Partnering on the Maine App Challenge over the past two years has proven to be a great way to engage students in innovation, and the University of Maine is excited to be working with Tyler Technologies on campus tours, workshops and courses that will get students excited about STEM disciplines and pathways to higher education and future careers," said Renee Kelly, UMaine's associate vice president of strategic partnerships, innovation and engagement. She was was honored as a Mainebiz Woman to Watch in 2022.

Last month, Tyler Technologies broke ground on a new office building in Orono that is expected to cement its relationship with the University of Maine and expand the company's footprint in the state.

Other prizes

The top 20 submission participants in the 2023 Tyler Tech Maine App Challenge received an Oculus VR headset, and the top 10 submission participants will be granted a guaranteed internship interview following each student’s college sophomore year.

Tyler also awarded a $500 check to the Maine high school with the most teams or individuals submitting an eligible entry. This year, Biddeford Regional Center of Technology and Casco Bay High School tied with the same number of entries and will both receive $500. 

The Maine App Challenge was developed in 2015 in partnership with Educate Maine's Project>Login to introduce students to STEM-related disciplines and supports the notion that students can excel in those fields while remaining in Maine.

Since its inception, the Maine App Challenge has awarded more than $80,000 in 529 college savings plans to Maine students.

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