Together wins Rep. Joaquin Castro’s (TX-20) 2020 Congressional App Challenge

Rep. Joaquin Castro has named Shreya Chaudhary from Keystone School as the winner of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge in (TX-20).


When asked what inspired the creation of Together, the student said, “The troubles that COVID-19 brought inspired me to create this application. Frequently, students feel new emotions, as the virus brought forth a new environment for everyone. I wanted to create a prototype that takes journaling that to the next level and allows a person to release their thoughts and grow.”

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.