Negative Headspace wins Rep. Brad Schneider’s 2022 Congressional App Challenge in Illinois’s 10th District

Rep. Brad Schneider has named Ashley Keim of Lake Forest High School and Connor Koefelda of Lake Forest High School as the winners of the 2022 Congressional App Challenge in Illinois’s 10th District.

When asked what inspired the creation of Negative Headspace, the students said, ”While things have certainly improved with time, there are still countless issues throughout the world that must be rectified.  Activism and volunteering has long been an emphasis in our high school careers, but we wanted to go beyond the scope of our hometown.  While it is only the first step, raising awareness across the globe is vital to fixing these problems, and we felt it important to do our part.”

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.