Blood+ wins Rep. Andy Biggs’ (AZ-05) 2020 Congressional App Challenge

Rep. Andy Biggs has named Ella Wang from BASIS Chandler as the winner of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge in (AZ-05). 

When asked what inspired the creation of Blood+ the student said, “Blood diseases are lethal diseases that afflict more than two billion people annually and may lead to heart failure, lung injury, and other life-threatening complications. These diseases disproportionately impact developing regions, and mortality rates range from 50% to 90%. With rapid, accurate, and interpretive diagnostics, Blood+ expands the accessibility and portability of disease screening, ensuring earlier disease diagnosis to save lives.”

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.