Allergy Compass Wins Rep. Steven’s (MI-11) 2019 Congressional App Challenge

Rep. Haley Steven’s has named two Novi students as the winner of the Congressional App Challenge in Michigan’s 11th district. Novi High School’s James Chen and Ankith Udupa submitted Allergy Compass, an app for children with allergies

When asked why they were passionate about creating an app for allergies the students replied, “The idea for Allergy Compass was born when one of our younger siblings accidentally ate a product containing nuts–right before leaving for the airport. The panic that ensued was what made us wonder if there was a better way to deal with allergies than to just hope that children will always read the label.” 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.