RXBuddy wins Rep. Marcy Kaptur’s 2021 Congressional App Challenge in Ohio’s Ninth District

Rep. Marcy Kaptur has named Alonso Pacheco, Adam Britt, and Ethan Cope from St. Francis De Sales School as the winners of the 2021 Congressional App Challenge in Ohio’s Ninth District.

When asked what inspired the creation of RXBuddy, the students said, “The application that my team and I have created was designed with a single purpose in mind: the facilitation of taking medications for those who have trouble remembering to. Although the app was initially created with the elderly in mind, we realized that it could be used to help anyone who has to keep track of their medications. With the varied troubles that face those who are on multiple prescriptions being so numerous, we hoped that by using our app one of the many burdens so unjustly placed on the shoulders of the chronically ill may be removed.”

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.