Student Tracker App wins Rep. Nicole Malliotakis’ 2022 Congressional App Challenge in New York’s 11th District

Rep. Nicole Malliotakis has named Marta Bekirman, a 10th Grader at New Dorp High School, as the winner of the 2022 Congressional App Challenge in New York’s 11th District.

When asked what inspired the creation of Student Tracker App, the student said, ”What inspired me to create this app is that my peers and many other students struggle with remembering what homework activities they have to do when they get home. My app helps them out by keeping it all in one structured area. Also a situation, which I and many other students have went through, is not knowing an answer to a question and not knowing how to solve it. My app inspired me to include resources that can help these students out.”

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.