Bobcat Notify wins Rep. Dusty Johnson’s (SD-00) 2020 Congressional App Challenge

Rep. Dusty Johnson has named Samyok Nepal from Brookings High School as the winner of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge in (SD-00).

When asked what inspired the creation of Bobcat Notify, the student said, “During the spring of 2019, we were hit by an extreme snowstorm that shut schools down for days. Whenever there was snow on the ground, I found myself focusing more on the school district website. Therefore, I was inspired to help my community by creating, and constantly improving, an app that alerts students of school closures.” 

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.