Rep. Steve Womack has named two Fayetteville students as the winner of the Congressional App Challenge in Arkansas 3rd district. Don Tyson School of Innovation’s Lucas Kellar and Julian Sanker submitted Crime Map, an app that scrapes public information about 911 calls in Fayetteville, Arkansas and presents it to the user with a custom map.
When asked why they were passionate about creating an app that promotes safety the students replied, “Julian and I wanted to create something that could really help lots of people in our community, and would be widely accessible, rather than creating a niche product that cost money. After deliberating and receiving the 911 calls map, we decided to create this app.” They hope to encourage other students to better their communities by using their computer science skills.
Over 10,000 students registered for the 2019 Congressional App Challenge. These students created and submitted 2,177 functioning apps, marking the end of the most successful Congressional App Challenge to date. All told, 304 Members of Congress hosted Congressional App Challenges in their districts across 48 states, Puerto Rico, the Mariana Islands, and Washington, D.C.
The CAC is an initiative of the U.S. House of Representatives, where Members of Congress host contests in their districts for middle school and high school students, encouraging them to learn to code and inspiring them to pursue careers in computer science. The non-profit Internet Education Foundation provides the CAC with supplemental staffing and support. In the five years of the Congressional App Challenge, the program has yielded 1134 App Challenges across 48 states. Thousands of functional apps have been created by over 25,000 students, and participant demographics surpass all industry diversity metrics.