PhoneDown wins Rep. Adam Schiff’s (CA-28) 2020 Congressional App Challenge

Rep. Adam Schiff has named Joshua Martinez and William Amran from John Burroughs High School as the winners of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge in (CA-28).

When asked what inspired the creation of PhoneDown, the students said, “A problem that many teens share is the loss of focus and concentration that results from our cell phones. Our team noticed that if there was a tool that could record our phone use, we could quantify the amount of time and improve our productivity.”

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.