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Actors Geena Davis and Andrew Shue and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey are among three of the celebrity judges in the new White House Equal Futures App Challenge aimed at promoting civic education and inspiring “girls to serve as leaders in our democracy.”

Other judges include:

  • Representative Barbara Ballard
  • Anna Maria Chavez, CEO, Girl Scouts
  • Geena Davis, Academy Award-Winning Actor; Founder, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
  • Jack Dorsey, Creator and Co-Founder, Twitter; Founder and CEO, Square
  • Tiffany Dufu, President, the White House Project
  • Jocelyn Goldfein, Director of Engineering, Facebook
  • Mayor Elizabeth Kautz
  • Senator Lisa Murkowski
  • Andrew Shue, Co-Founder, dosomething.org; Co-Founder, cafemom.com
  • Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis
  • Judy Vredenburgh, President and CEO, Girls Inc.

Apps should accomplish one or more of the following:

  1. Educate girls about the gender gap in public leadership using existing, publicly-available information (e.g. properly attributed data from websites such as that of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, etc.)
  2. Connect girls with role models by highlighting women in public leadership positions
  3. Teach girls about what it means to be an effective leader
  4. Empower girls to engage with their elected representatives
  5. Prepare girls to serve in government and run for office themselves

Deadline for submission is January 12, 2013, at 12:00 a.m. EDT.