Helping Hands wins Rep. Scott Peters’ 2022 Congressional App Challenge in California’s 52nd District

Rep. Scott Peters has named Jaehee Kim, an 11th Grader at Mt Carmel High School, as the winner of the 2022 Congressional App Challenge in California’s 52nd District.

When asked what inspired the creation of Helping Hands, the student said, ”I was inspired to create this app due to seeing many kids at my school not getting the academic help they wanted. Whether it was because they were too shy to ask or they were simply not around the proper group to get academic assistance, there are too many students around the world who need a reliable source of help with their school work. However, as I have observed time after time, many of these same struggling students are against the idea of making themselves vulnerable and asking their teacher for help; many would much rather prefer receiving help from peers around their age, and that is exactly what I created Helping Hands to do.”

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.