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Congressman Dan Donovan

Representing the 11th District of New York


Donovan Announces 2017 Congressional App Challenge

October 3, 2017
Press Release
Staten Island and South Brooklyn students invited to showcase coding skills through app development; Submissions deadline is November 1st

Staten Island, NY – October 3, 2017….Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) today announced that his office is accepting submissions for the 2017 Congressional App Challenge. The competition, open to Staten Island and Brooklyn students, aims to develop an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. A panel of local judges from the technology and computer science sectors will review apps created by K-12 students and select a winning submission.

Congressman Donovan said, “Programs that encourage students to pursue STEM education and activities, like the Congressional App Challenge, are critical to ensuring that our next generation has the skills needed to compete in today’s 21st century economy. This competition allows students to think big, get creative, and use their computer science skills to develop solutions to some of our nation’s challenges. I invite all interested Staten Island and South Brooklyn students to participate, and I look forward to seeing this year’s projects.”

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 1, 2017. 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.

This is the third year that Donovan’s office has hosted the Congressional App Challenge. Last year’s winner was Robert Avenoso, a Tottenville High School student who created a computer operating system with built in programs for users. In 2015, the winning project was an app entitled “Neuron,” which 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 Donovan’s Staten Island District Office at (718) 351-1062.

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