skinID: Fast, Free, and Accurate Skin Cancer Pre-diagnosis wins Rep. Brad Schneider’s (IL-10) 2020 Congressional App Challenge

Rep. Brad Schneider has named Davis Gramza and Nikko Kowalow from Lake Forest High School as the winners of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge in (IL-10).

When asked what inspired the creation of skinID: Fast, Free, and Accurate Skin Cancer Pre-diagnosis, the students said, “Skin cancer is prominent in both of our families. Our family members have had the blessing to have access to medical care that they can afford. However, not everyone has this blessing. Therefore, we wanted others to be able to take action for free, from the comfort of their own homes. By creating skinID, we have helped something that afflicts us, but also so many others.”

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.