Right Exercise wins Rep. Beth Van Duyne’s 2022 Congressional App Challenge in Texas’s 24th District

Rep. Beth Van Duyne has named Krish Agarwal, an 11th Grader at Coppell High School, as the winner of the 2022 Congressional App Challenge in Texas’s 24th District.

When asked what inspired the creation of Right Exercise, the student said, ”First, I’ll provide a bit of context. My mom found this newfound motivation over the COVID-19 lockdown to finally start exercising. However, gyms were closed and she did not have any professional guidance, so she resorted to YouTube. YouTube is great at telling people what to do, but terrible at providing feedback on whether they are even doing it correctly. Oftentimes, I would notice my mom doing something totally different than what the YouTube trainer was doing. She claimed she was following the video exactly, but the reality was in fact very different. If she kept doing things the wrong way, 1) she would probably see little to no difference from her workouts, or 2) she could develop adverse problems because of not following form. This motivated me to find a way to teach people how to “Exercise the Right Way” (hence the name haha). Developing a web-based app that’s available on Android, iOS, and the web allowed me to reach the greatest audiences by creating an at-home personal trainer that’s always ready to go! With this, I hope to inspire millions of others to benefit and start using Right Exercise and begin Exercising the Right Way!”

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.