BACDrive (Breathalyzer and Mobile Application to Prevent Drunk Driving) Wins Rep. Wild’s (PA-07) 2019 Congressional App Challenge
Rep. Susan Wild has named a Breinigsville student as the winner of the Congressional App Challenge in Pennsylvania’s 7th district. Parkland High School’s Udit Garg submitted BACDrive (Breathalyzer and Mobile Application to Prevent Drunk Driving), an app designed to to help prevent drunk driving and its negative effects.
When asked why they were passionate about creating an app that prevents drunk driving the student replied, “Every day, almost 29 people in the United States alone die in alcohol-impaired vehicle crashes. Drunk Driving is something that can affect anyone, anytime, and anywhere; it is not just the driver’s life who is in danger. By building a mobile application, I believe it the fastest way to reach millions of people around the world, to prevent drunk driving. ” 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.