Rep. Chrissy Houlahan has named Hibah Khan and Sarah Kahn from 21st Century Cyber Charter School as the winners of the 2021 Congressional App Challenge in Pennsylvania’s 6th District.
When asked what inspired the creation of iCOPeD, the students said “Khan Innovations began in the summer of 2019. From personal experience, we both suffered from severe asthma, making day-to-day activities a struggle. Wiring into a nebulizer to temporarily provide relief seemed cumbersome for us, as well as other caretakers and doctors. The treatment did not seem practical nor efficient. It dawned upon us that a need for an improvement in management and technology for those affected by respiratory diseases was a necessity.”
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.