SSRSystem wins Rep. Dan Bishop’s 2021 Congressional App Challenge in North Carolina’s Ninth District
Rep. Dan Bishop has named Aditya Suma Ramakrishn from Marvin Ridge High School as the winner of the 2021 Congressional App Challenge in North Carolina’s Ninth District.
When asked what inspired the creation of SSRSystem, the student said, “The current car rider dismissal process used in most elementary schools across the country puts children through abduction risks, long wait-times, and unnecessary chaos. I experienced this disorder myself during elementary school, and my brother, too. Furthermore, the challenges amplify as we head towards less affluent neighborhoods which suffer from a lack of resources.
In around 90,000 elementary and secondary schools nationwide there are over 7.5 million students who are car riders that go through this unsafe chaos filled system everyday. There are a few for profit companies that have solutions which require high-cost hardware (RFID readers and tags, display systems), hardware installation and maintenance, and poor access management by letting user/parent the ability to add kids without school approval.”
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.