Rep. Ed Case has named Tony Dang from Iolani School as the winner of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge in (HI-01).
When asked what inspired the creation of Glaucomark, the student said, “My grandma was diagnosed with open-angle glaucoma last summer, which inspired me to learn more about glaucoma since I want to find a method to save her eyes. As I found out terminal stage glaucoma is almost untreatable, I made up my mind to prevent this tragedy from happening to anyone else. Therefore, I created an app that would do preventative screening.”
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.