GetBackToWorkSCV wins Rep. Mike Garcia’s 2021 Congressional App Challenge in California’s 25th District

Rep. Mike Garcia has named Sanjay Srikanth and Larren Wells from Saugus High School as the winners of the 2021 Congressional App Challenge in California’s 25th District.

When asked what inspired the creation of GetBackToWorkSCV, Sanjay said, “Over the last year, several family members, and friends reached out to me, requesting that I create a resume or a website for them. They had recently lost their jobs due to the impact of the pandemic. Some of these people were at these jobs for two decades and weren’t Internet savvy.  After helping them create an online career profile, and resume, I thought there might be many more people in need of such services. So, I decided to create a website to automate resume creation. Then, I decided to take it further by creating a ResumeBot so employers can check out the virtual persona of jobseekers.”

The 2021 Congressional App Challenge yielded 2,101 fully functioning apps. After eighteen months of disruptions to educational cadences for students everywhere, the Congressional App Challenge came roaring back with 7,174 students registering for this year’s competition. All told, 340 Members of Congress hosted Congressional App Challenges in their districts across 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington, D.C.

The Congressional App Challenge is an official initiative of the U.S. House of Representatives, where Members of Congress host contests 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. Each participating Member of Congress selects a winning app from their district, and each winning team is invited to showcase their winning app to Congress during our annual #HouseOfCode festival. The program is a public-private partnership made possible through funding from Omidyar Network, AWS, theCoderSchool, Facebook, Replit, Accenture, and others.

The 2022 Congressional App Challenge will launch in June of 2022, and eligible students can pre-register for the competition now.