Charity Checker wins Rep. Mike Thompson’s (CA-05) 2020 Congressional App Challenge

Rep. Mike Thompson has named Evan Torres from Benicia High School as the winner of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge in (CA-05).

When asked what inspired the creation of Charity Checker, the student said, “My grandmother always told me that if I can help, I should. Thus, I thought of ways that I could combat global issues and I concluded that the most effective way I could help them was by helping others support those causes. Therefore, I created an app that helps people find reputable nonprofits. This way, not only could I help by doing my part, but I could help others do their part.”

Over 6,500 students registered for the 2020 Congressional App Challenge. These students created and submitted 3,088 functioning apps, marking the end of an extremely successful Congressional App Challenge amid the COVID-19 pandemic. All told, 308 Members of Congress hosted Congressional App Challenges in their districts across 49 states, Puerto Rico, the Mariana Islands, and Washington, DC.

The CAC is an initiative of the U.S. House of Representatives, where Members of Congress host competitions 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 Internet Education Foundation provides the CAC with supplemental support. In the six years of the Congressional App Challenge, thousands of functional apps have been created by over 30,000 students, and participant demographics surpass all industry diversity metrics.