Open Food Facts wins Rep. Brian Higgins’ (NY-26) 2020 Congressional App Challenge

Rep. Brian Higgins has named Ryan Salatino, Sun Jae Nigalye, Alex Pizarro, and Arhan Patel from Wayzata Central Middle School as the winners of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge in (NY-26). 

When asked what inspired the creation of Open Food Facts the students said, “In the U.S, one in five children between the age of 12-19 years old, are obese. We wanted to make it easier for not only children but everyone, to eat healthier. This will make it easier when making food decisions on a diet.”

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.