braiNformation wins Rep. Joe Neguse’s (CO-02) 2020 Congressional App Challenge
Rep. Joe Neguse has named Krupakar Subramaniam, Kai Hoshijo, and Kokila Gunasinghe from Legacy High School as the winners of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge in (CO-02).
When asked what inspired the creation of braiNformation, the students said, “In January 2020, Adams 12 Five Star Schools District in Broomfield, Colorado, suffered from five suicides in eight weeks. Horrified by this loss and shocked by the lack of effective responses, we, as students, sought to take matters into our own hands. We wanted to educate and raise awareness about mental health.”
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.