InPocket – Money Manager wins Rep. Garret Graves’s 2021 Congressional App Challenge in Louisiana’s Sixth District
Rep. Garret Graves has named Kameron Arceneaux from Denham Springs High School as the winner of the 2021 Congressional App Challenge in Louisiana’s Sixth District.
When asked what inspired the creation of InPocket – Money Manager, the student said, “Many reasons inspired me to create InPocket. One was that not everyone has a debit/credit card that can automatically log where you spent money. InPocket was designed specifically for people who want to keep up with their cash payments. When I was younger, my mom would try to monitor my cash, by writing down logs of how we spent it. Obviously, it wasn’t kept up long term and partially due to how lazy and repetitive it was to type out all the metadata every day. Luckily with InPocket, it takes a few clicks, and a few keystrokes and data are stored long-term. As the world turns to a more digital society, more people will turn to spreadsheets for entering data than by hand. With InPocket, you enter the data, the application turns it into tabular data, that the user can easily view and will not be lost as easily compared to a physical, hand-written log. I also believe that keeping up with your finances is a crucial skill in life, as it can motivate people to save and use their money wisely. So, in conclusion, many reasons encouraged me to develop InPocket but, the main reason was designed for users to easily manage their cash balance and get some insights into their spendings.”
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.