Rep. Mike Levin has named James Rydell from San Juan Hills High School as the winner of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge in (CA-49).
When asked what inspired the creation of Virtual Performance, the student said, “I have been an active member of my school band for several years. When school had to go online for an indefinite amount of time, I was disappointed that it would not be possible for us to meet and play together for the foreseeable future. When I decided to create this app, I wanted to solve the issues we had that came with playing music together virtually.”
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.