YUDonate wins Rep. Blake D. Moore’s 2021 Congressional App Challenge in Utah’s First District

Rep. Blake D. Moore has named Khai Lockwood from Park City High School as the winner of the 2021 Congressional App Challenge in Utah’s First District.

When asked what inspired the creation of YUDonate, the student said, “I coach basketball to young kids who were victims of abuse and living in temporary shelters and housing of the YWCA since I was in middle school. In spending time there, I noticed items coming in and out of the building were being sent to storage rooms without any organization nor a good system in place to keep track of in-kind donations. I figured there had to be a better way, and from those thoughts the foundations of this app were built.”

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.