Congressional App Challenge winners announced

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Congressman Ed Case (HI-01) today announced the winners of his second annual Congressional App Challenge for Hawaii’s First Congressional District.

“The Challenge is a great opportunity for our local students to focus their skills and creativity on developing, testing and analyzing new applications for real-world use,” said Case.

“[The] results of this year’s Challenge prove again that they have the skill set, imagination and resolve to compete against the best of our young people nationwide in science, technology, engineering and math, along with the potential to lead the next generations of computer science and technology,” he added.

The winners include:

1st Place

Glaucomark

Tony Dang, Grade 12 at Iolani School

Summary: This web application is based on deep learning that offers a handy and cost-worthy glaucoma exam that is available to everyone with access to the Internet. Users only need to upload a picture of a retina taken by any smartphone with a 20D lens that costs only 10 dollars.

2nd Place

ClubHub

Harvey Lloyd Picar, Reyan Lee, Destiny Shishido and Kristine Orpilla, Grade 12 at Waipahu High School

Summary: This is a website was designed specifically for Waipahu High School students to find out everything about the clubs they signed up for as members, as well as other extra-curricular activities offered by the school.

3rd Place

Studentjobapp

Xhavier Teocson, Kalani Ashton Agustin, Jett Marco Palacpac and Aaron Moises Paned, Grade 12 at Waipahu High School

Summary: This App provides a simple way for students and minors to find part-time job listings and reaches out to companies that are looking for applicants interested in part-time work.

Honorable Mention:

What’s Next

Kieri Isara, Grade 8 at Ewa Makai Middle School

Summary: This App was designed to help students in Middle School from 6th through 8th grade to organize their schoolwork as they undertake distance learning.


“While I congratulate all 33 student participants in this year’s App Challenge who submitted a total of 13 Apps, I also want to extend my gratitude to the volunteer judges this year: Sarah Tran-Leony, an electrical engineer with Oceanit; Ray Tsuchiyama, business and real estate consultant, and Kelsi Nichols, the Operations Manager for Nalu Scientific,” said Case.

The Congressional App Challenge is an official national initiative of the U.S. House of Representatives, in which Members of Congress host contests in their districts for middle and high school students, and the winner is invited to showcase the winning application at the United States Capitol and on the U.S. House website. The Challenge encourages students to learn code and inspires them to pursue careers in computer science.

Every spring winning teams are highlighted on Capitol Hill where they demo their apps to their Representatives at a celebration called #HouseOfCode.

It’s the most prestigious demo day in student STEM — the new national science fair. At #HouseOfCode students get to see their apps displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building, meet their Representatives, and connect with other coders from around the country.

The next #HouseOfCode will be held in Spring 2021, and due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, may be remote in nature.

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