ChestML wins Rep. Cynthia Axne’s (IA-03) 2020 Congressional App Challenge

Rep. Cynthia Axne has named Owen Scott, Drew Kinneer, Arya Karnik, and Sabarish Mogallapalli from Waukee High School as the winners of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge in (IA-03).

When asked what inspired the creation of ChestML, the students said, “Over the past ten months, we have watched the medical community collaborate at an international scale to eradicate SARS-Cov-2. Watching the medical community collaborate and use technology and innovation to combat a global pandemic inspired us to do what we could to assist them during these difficult times.”

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.