Rep. David Kustoff has named Lou Zhou, Jeffrey Liu, Jerry Xiao, and Evan Wu of Memphis University School as the winners of the 2021 Congressional App Challenge in Tennessee’s Eighth District.
When asked what inspired the creation of CachePass, the students said, “The increasing amount of vulnerable data on the internet, like bank information and social security numbers, and large-scale data breaches such as the 2017 Equifax data breach inspired us to create CachePass. We saw a need for users to maintain and secure their passwords so that their vulnerable information is not released to hackers, potentially leading to identity theft or extortion. CachePass is a way for the user to prevent computer-based crimes before they happen and allows for the user to ensure their own security on the internet.”
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.