Rep. Ann Kuster has named Aditya Prasad from Bishop Guertin High School as the winner of the 2021 Congressional App Challenge in New Hampshire’s Second District.
When asked what inspired the creation of Medify, the student said, “Lung and Colon Cancer are some of the leading causes of death. Disease progression and timely treatment remains very crucial. In order to provide an accurate treatment plan, diagnosis of disease is very essential. Pathologists have to recognize very subtle histopathological patterns in a complex tissue image. This process is time consuming and subjective and causes many variations of diagnosis. A machine learning model like Medify can provide an automated tool for the pathologist to perform their diagnosis so that the doctors can determine the severity of the case and formulate a treatment plan for their patients. When cancer care is delayed, there is a lower chance of survival, greater problems associated with the treatment, and higher costs of care.”
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.