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December 5th, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C— Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) announced the winner of the 2017 Congressional App Challenge today. Olivia Chang of Palo Alto High School won this year’s competition with her App, Mere, which allows users to journal, rate their mood and upload photos from the day. The App simplifies the journaling process which studies have shown helps promote self-esteem.
Congresswoman Eshoo, a founding Co-Chair of the 2015 bipartisan competition said: “Olivia saw the benefits that journaling had among her peers and developed an App to make it easier for everyone to do. Her App is innovative and will help users daily as they document their thoughts and emotions. Bravo to Olivia and every participant this year who demonstrated great knowhow, tech savvy and enormous potential.”
About the Congressional App Challenge
Established by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, this bipartisan competition is part of a nationwide event that invites high school students from all participating congressional districts to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. It is designed to promote innovation and engagement in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education fields.
Apps are judged based on the following criteria: quality of the idea, including creativity and originality; implementation of the idea, including user experience and design; and demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills. The winner from the 18th Congressional District was chosen by an independent panel of expert judges. Each winner of the Congressional App Challenge will receive $250 in Amazon Web Services (AWS) Credits and their App will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building and on House.gov for a year.
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