Rep. Elaine Luria has named Swara Chokshi from Princess Anne High School as the winner of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge in (VA-02).
When asked what inspired the creation of Wellvoyage, the student said, “When I traveled to India two years ago, I became sick several times during my visit and therefore couldn’t make the best of my trip. I realized that if I had known about the diseases and illnesses in that country and took proper precautions to prevent them, I potentially may not even have fallen ill. Due to this, I was inspired to create an easily accessible resource that individuals could utilize to educate themselves regarding the health risks of the destination and properly plan their travel accordingly.”
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.