Wilmington, Delaware – U.S. Representative John Carney (D-DE) announced the winner of this year’s Congressional App Challenge, in which 17 Delaware students participated producing 6 different apps. The ideas included an app to help people find jobs, a trivia game used to test people’s memory and multitasking skills, and an app that makes it easier for people to donate items to charitable organizations.
This year’s winner is Rohan Kanchana, 13 who’s an 8th grade student at Newark Charter School. Former Delaware State Geography Bee champion, Rohan created an app called Geography, which is designed to help users learn more about the world. Rohan’s winning app will be featured with other winners from congressional districts across the country in a display in the Capitol Building, as well as on house.gov. He will also be invited to a reception in Washington, DC to meet other winners, and will receive a portion of $50,000 in Amazon Web Services (AWS) credits, which Amazon has donated to the competition. “The challenge has been a great experience that allowed me to continue and grow my interest in Computer Science and STEM, especially programming,” said Rohan Kanchana.
DelmarvaVoIP™‘s Director of Business Development, Rob Nicholson took part of the panel of judges who included local experts from academic, software, and entrepreneurial fields. The Congressional App Challenge was created in an effort to promote STEM interest for students all over the country. Carney has been a great at keeping the challenge alive for students in the state of Delaware, as well as an advocate for bringing STEM education to low-income students. “As we move forward, Delaware will have to compete in an increasingly globalized economy, and we are lucky to have such bright and talented young people in our state, who will soon be joining the workforce. I hope they will continue to pursue their interest in technology, programming and development, and I’m excited to see what the future holds for all of them,” said Congressman Carney.