SimplyUtility Wins Rep. Reed’s (NY-23) 2019 Congressional App Challenge

Rep. Tom Reed has named a Olean student as the winner of the Congressional App Challenge in New York’s 23rd district. Olean High School’s Raina Barboza submitted SimplyUtility, an app containing different tools: a calculator, translators, sketchpad, and a chat feature. 

When asked why the student was passionate about creating a multipurpose app the student replied, “One mother asked if I could create a fun educational app for her child to use. I wanted to accomplish this, while still including a chat option on the 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.