Affordable Crowd-Funded Earthquake Early Warning System wins Rep. Young Kim’s 2022 Congressional App Challenge in California’s 39th District

Rep. Young Kim has named Hudson Kaleb Dy, a 12th Grader at Walnut High School, as the winner of the 2022 Congressional App Challenge in California’s 39th District.

When asked what inspired the creation of Affordable Crowd-Funded Earthquake Early Warning System, the student said, ”As a first-generation immigrant, I am thankful for having the ShakeAlert system, but I also wish my relatives in the equally earthquake-prone Philippines could enjoy the same safety measures. Unfortunately, budget limitations prevent earthquake-prone developing countries like the Philippines, Indonesia, Afghanistan, India, Burma, Ghana, Nigeria, Columbia, Venezuela, and Bolivia from building traditional earthquake warning systems. This system could also be used in the US northeast, midwest, and the south. It can even be used to augment the existing west coast system to improve the accuracy and speed of ShakeAlert by increasing the number of dedicated seismic detection stations.”

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.