Recog Classroom Attendance wins Rep. Kevin Brady’s 2022 Congressional App Challenge in Texas’s Eighth District

Rep. Kevin Brady has named Andy Jiang, an 11th Grader at Klein Oak High Shcool, as the winner of the 2022 Congressional App Challenge in Texas’s Eighth District.

When asked what inspired the creation of Recog Classroom Attendance, the student said, ”At the beginning of the school year, I saw how much time my teachers were spending on classroom attendance. At the time, I had figured that it was a trivial enough difference, but with some calculation, I realized that teachers wasted up to 18 hours per year on this menial task, which is undeniably significant. With this in mind, I started to design a solution to this problem.”

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.