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Rep. Dan Donovan hosts student app competition

December 21, 2015
In The News

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Staten Island students have an opportunity to show off their tech chops in an app development competition hosted by Rep. Daniel Donovan.

Middle school and high school students can submit apps to the congressman's competition and be scored by a three-judge panel with the winner's work being displayed in the U.S. Capitol building for a year.

The app challenge is part of the U.S. House of Representatives' focus on advancing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math — STEM — education, with competitions going on throughout congressional districts in the country.

Students ages 13 and up who either live in or attend school in the 11th Congressional District — all of Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn — may participate.

Original apps must be submitted by Jan. 15. The three local judges — Anthony Rapacciuolo, John Abi-Habib, and Frank Floridia — will announce winners Feb. 22.

"To compete in a 21st century global economy, our students must enter the workforce with unprecedented technological savvy," Donovan said in a statement. "Today's entrepreneurs can build successful companies with just a desk, a computer, and an idea. I'm excited to see what our students develop — with the right skill-set, there are no limits to what they can achieve."

The students may use the apps they develop however they wish, including marketing them for public use. 

Each entrant must submit a short video explaining the app. Judges will choose winners based on various criteria, like how creative and original the app is, whether it addresses a problem, and how the app is designed and operates.

Check eligibility and read the rules here

This competition is going on throughout the county, so entrants must ensure that they apply through Donovan's page

Donovan's office has reached out to local schools to encourage their students to participate. For more information, interested contestants may visitwww.donovan.house.gov/Challenge or contact Joseph Kalmin in Donovan's office at 202-225-3371.