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Congressman Dan Donovan

Representing the 11th District of New York


Donovan Announces 2016 Congressional App Challenge

October 11, 2016
Press Release
Staten Island and South Brooklyn students invited to showcase coding skills through app development; submissions due November 2nd

Staten Island, NY – October 3, 2016….Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) today announced that his office is accepting submissions for the 2016 Congressional App Challenge. A panel oflocal judges will review apps created by K-12 students and select a winning submission. The competition, open to Staten Island and Brooklyn students, aims to develop an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education.

Congressman Donovan said, “A great idea can come from anywhere, and solutions to our nation’s greatest problems will come from engaging our next generation of innovators. This challenge is a great way for students to use computer science and coding to showcase their talents and creativity, and I can’t wait to see what apps they develop.”

The competition is open to all K-12 students in New York’s 11th Congressional District, regardless of coding experience. The Challenge submission period runs now through November 2, 2016. Winners will be chosen based on the originality, creativity, and quality of their app design. The winning app will be featured on a display in the U.S. Capitol building and on the Congressional App Challenge website.

Last year’s winning team included local high schoolers Nouran Ibrahim, Dhvanil Shah, Johan Ferreras and Sagar Punjabi. They created “Neuron,” an app that created a marketplace for students to buy or sell college textbooks directly to one another.  

For additional information about the Congressional App Challenge, students may visit or contact Joseph Kalmin, Staff Assistant, at (202) 225-3371.

Important Details

  • App submissions will be accepted until November 2, 2016 (12 PM EST).
  • Winners will be announced on December 5, 2016.
  • Submissions may be from individuals or groups consisting of up to four people.
  • Participants must fill out the Congressional App Challenge Student Registration Form before submitting their app.

How to Enter