Rep. Abigail Spanberger has named Arvind Rajesh from Mills Edwin Godwin High School as the winner of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge in (VA-07).
When asked what inspired the creation of RxLookApp, the student said, “One morning, during the COVID-19 lockdown this summer, I was watching the news with my family. When I switched channels, I noticed that I saw drug commercials in almost all the channels. Almost all of them had the same pattern – they described the problem, introduced the drug and listed the side effects. This inspired me to develop an application for consumers to use and be informed and educated about prescription drugs.”
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.