SafeWay Wins Rep. Womack’s (VA-03) 2019 Congressional App Challenge

Rep. Robert Scott has named four Hampton students as the winner of the Congressional App Challenge in Virginia’s 3rd district. New Horizons Regional Education Centers’s Tu Nguyen, William Westerkamp, Corey Patin and MJ Anderson submitted SafeWay, an app to assist persons when in danger.

When asked why they were passionate about creating an app that promotes safety the students replied, “Our App SafeWay’s main objective is to make this world a safer place. With the App users will be able to locate the nearest safe space and contact local police.” 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.