Instock+ wins Rep. Bennie Thompson’s (MS-02) 2020 Congressional App Challenge

Rep. Bennie Thompson has named Cor’Shayla Parker, Aisha Thompson, and Sevion Devine from the Career Development Center as the winners of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge in (MS-02).

When asked what inspired the creation of Instock+, the students said, “Due to the Covid-19 global pandemic, people are having a challenging time finding products they may need. When quarantine first began back in March, it was tough to find the cleaning products and toiletries we needed. We would drive to many different stores to find out they’re out of stock of them the item we were looking for. “Instock+’s” goal is to make finding products and places more safe and convenient for users. Having stores and restaurants’ locations in one app is safer, less time consuming, and more reliable.”

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.