Student’s volunteering app for phones wins prize

An Arlington High School student has won a $20,000 scholarship for his idea to create a mobile phone application that allows users to report and respond to volunteer opportunities. Joseph Romano, a sophomore at the high school, beat out more than 120 high school students to win the grand prize from Samsung Mobile, according to a company press release announcing the prize this month. Samsung Mobile collaborated in the summer of 2012 with several universities, including MIT, to host mobile application boot camps for top-performing high school students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Romano’s mobile phone application called “Better4All” encourages users to identify areas in their community that need emergency and philanthropic assistance and allows people to report and respond to road hazards, off-road hazards, and volunteer positions.