MichiganTravels wins Rep. Elissa Slotkin’s (MI-08) 2020 Congressional App Challenge

Rep. Elissa Slotkin has named Neha Kanneganti from Okemos High School as the winners= of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge in (MI-08).

When asked what inspired the creation of MichiganTravels, the student said, “There are so many wonderful places in Michigan. It offers beautiful scenery, bustling cities, outdoor adventures, and more. I wanted to highlight that in my app and allow the users to learn more about the state. I also love to travel and explore new places. So I combined my passion for travel and coding to create this app. I hope that the app will encourage others to explore new places in Michigan and learn about the state.”

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.