Gender-neutral restroom locator wins for the 2017 Congressional App Challenge in CaliforniaEntertainment News, Online Only, Section 4A, Top Highlights Tuesday, December 26th, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Over this last week, 190 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives have announced the winners of the 2017 Congressional App Challenge. During the last four months, thousands of students coded original apps as part of district-wide competitions hosted by Members of the House.
The Congressional App Challenge aims to engage students in coding and computer science. In all, 190 Congressional districts across 42 states hosted app challenges for their student constituents. Congressional participation was widespread and remarkably bipartisan.
The office of Rep. Barbara Lee announced California’s 13th Congressional District winner to be the GNR: Restroom for All app created by Hannah Barr, Jui-Han Yang, Raymond Huang, and Vivian Phung. This team attends Alameda Science and Technology Institute in Alameda, California where this team are involved in Kode with Klossy. They used Python (/Flask), Bootstrap, Jinja2, HTML, and CSS to create this app. Hannah, Jui-Han, Raymond, and Vivian created this app to alleviate pressures on those who do not identify with the two primary genders. Having friends who face this situation daily, the team realized how hard finding restrooms can be. The app they created spits out gender neutral restrooms based on a given zip code.
Over 4,100 students participated in the 14-week regional competitions. They submitted over 1,270 original student-created apps, a 96% growth in number of apps from last year’s Challenge. The rest of the winners are listed online at CongressionalAppChallenge.us. Follow on Facebook and Twitter to view the announcements of winners from each Member of Congress.
The Congressional App Challenge will invite winners from across the country to showcase their apps to the Members of Congress and members of the tech community at #HouseOfCode, a reception on Capitol Hill to be held in April 2018. Their work is eligible to be featured for one year on the permanent display in the U.S. Capitol Building and on the House.gov website. Each winning student will also be awarded $250 in Amazon Web Service credits, generously donated by Amazon Web Services.
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