Rep. Ro Khanna has named Suyash Lakhmani and Aria Lakhmani from Irvington High School as the winners of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge in (CA-17).
When asked what inspired the creation of STOPPED, the students said, “We realized that while recording interactions with law enforcement is easy, there is no tool to incorporate community involvement; where civilians can share videos to see their community interactions with law enforcement. Inspired by this gap, we decided to put our journalism and programming skills to use.”
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.