Rep. Bradley Schneider has named a Buffalo Grove student as the winner of the Congressional App Challenge in Illinois’s 10th district. Adlai E. Stevenson High School’s Krishna Patel submitted LogIt, an app designed to aid students who currently have their permit, but would like to get their license.
When asked why they were passionate about creating a driving app the student replied, “Illinois’s policy requiring 50 hours of practice driving presented an opportunity to devise technological means to resolve an inconvenience in society – having to manually keep track of hours in a paper log for every drive.” The student hopes 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.