During the last weekend of October. Rep. Suzan DelBene (WA-01) hosted her annual App-a-thon – an event that gives local middle and high school students access to mentors, industry professionals, and hands-on computer science experience.
All apps created by students meet the requirements for submission to this year’s Congressional App Challenge (submission deadline Nov. 1). The students participated in a competition at the end of the App-a-thon on Sunday and judges selected the winning apps. The App-a-thon took place at University of Washington Bothell. A number of Redmond students placed in the contest.
“I want to extend my thanks to the volunteers and partners who made this event possible. In a changing economy where millions of STEM jobs will need to be filled in the years to come, it is important for students to learn to innovate, and the App-a-thon is aimed at achieving that goal,” DelBene said in a press release. “I’ve seen a great deal of creativity and inspiring teamwork these past two days, and I am proud to say that Washington students will really be putting their best foot forward in this year’s Congressional App Challenge.”
This year’s winning App-a-thon apps were:
First Place: Vitality by George Zhang from Tesla STEM High School and Jason Zhang and Rohan Krishnan from Eastlake High School
Second Place: Foodlynk by Raghu Ramamurthy from Eastlake High School and Gyanendra
Sangar and Hanut Sangar from Interlake High School
Third Place: Code 66 by Azhan Zaheer, Varun Wescott, Parum Misri and Brayden Brackett from Tesla STEM High School