Py-iMessenger wins Rep. C. Scott Franklin’s 2021 Congressional App Challenge in Florida’s 15th District

Rep. C. Scott Franklin has named Varun Patel from Strawberry Crest High School as the winner of the 2021 Congressional App Challenge in Florida’s 15th District.


When asked what inspired the creation of Py-iMessenger, the student said, “I was inspired to create this app because I was frustrated with the lack of functionality with messaging platforms such as iMessage. Even platforms such as Discord and Telegram, while they do provide an API to create a bot with, are difficult to build on. Py-iMessenger can get a command up and running in just 5 lines of code and there are many utilities to make the extension building process easy.”

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.