Rep. Robert Aderholt has named Jordan Binkley of Fort Payne High School and John Thompson of Fort Payne High School as the winners of the 2022 Congressional App Challenge in Alabama’s Fourth District.
When asked what inspired the creation of Dadify, the students said, ”The relationship between a parent and their child is one of the most important and precious things in life. In many homes, the time a child spends with their father is limited due to a variety of issues. An estimated fifty-two percent of dads say that balancing work and family is difficult. This results in a strained relationship between a father and his child or children. We set out to help with this issue when we created Dadify. Dadify allows parents, specifically dads, to generate an activity to participate in with their children or a joke to share. We believe that this will help parents who are struggling to bond with their children.”
The Congressional App Challenge smashed previous participation records in 2022. All told, 9,011 students registered for this year’s competition – creating 2,707 fully-functioning apps for 335 Members of Congress across 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Mariana Islands, American Samoa, and the District of Columbia. This year’s competition set the record for most student registrations, most apps submitted, most apps per district submitted, and most districts receiving over 20 apps. The wildly successful competition continues to impress upon House Members the importance of computer science education and the need to develop a pipeline of diverse, domestic STEM talent.
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, Rise, theCoderSchool, Apple, and others.
The 2023 Congressional App Challenge will launch in June of 2023, and eligible students can pre-register for the competition now.