Rep. Eliot Engel has named Linus Zwaka from Ardsley High School as the winner of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge in (NY-16).
When asked what inspired the creation of One-Stop Corona, the student said, “I wanted to create this app to inform people of the simple steps that they can take to protect themselves and the more vulnerable members of our society. Since social distancing is challenging, I created a feature that connects your smartphone with others that plays an audible sound when you’re less than 6 feet away, in the hopes that it would keep social distancing up during the school year.”
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.