Chrome Extension Notes Organizer/Summarizer (CENOS) wins Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s 2021 Congressional App Challenge in New York’s 12th District

Rep. Carolyn Maloney has named Caroline Baillie from The Hewitt School as the winner of the 2021 Congressional App Challenge in New York’s 12th District.


When asked what inspired the creation of Chrome Extension Notes Organizer/Summarizer (CENOS), the student said, “When creating presentations or outlining papers for school, I always hate copying text from an article, then switching tabs, finding where in the Google Doc I want to put it, and finally pasting it. Instead, I thought it would be useful to create something that automatically did all of that for me. This was perfect since I knew I wanted to create some kind of Chrome Extension. I also wanted to include some aspects of Machine Learning in my project and thought it would be handy to be able to summarize the notes.”

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.