Roskam presents app challenge award to Hinsdale Central senior
U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Sixth District) recently presented Hinsdale Central High School senior Joy Chen with the second-place award in Illinois' 6th Congressional District Congressional App Challenge for her app Accessivote, a Nov. 22 release from Roskam's office said.
Chen’s app allows users from throughout the country to easily find contact information for all of their elected officials at the federal, state and local level, the release said. Users simply enter their address into the Accessivote search bar and the app returns their representatives’ contacts via Google Civic Information API.
The app’s output includes officials from President Donald Trump to local property appraisers and sheriffs, and provides the officials’ party affiliations. Contacts given by the app include websites, mailing addresses and phone numbers.
The Congressional App Challenge is an annual competition that drew nearly 4,000 entries this year.
“The Congressional App Challenge ensures that we continue to support our students and provide them an opportunity to acquire the skills needed to qualify for high-paying tech jobs and build companies that create more opportunities throughout the tech industry,” Roskam said in the release. “I am proud of all students that submitted their apps for the competition and I congratulate our winners.”
First-place winner was Patrick Shephen of Bartlett for his app Student Driver. The app's purpose is to help record driving time for driving permit users. The third-place winner went to a team of four for the app Element Finder, which deals with periodic table elements. The team consisted of Arnav Passi of Palatine and Michael Paekh, Tommy Kovathana and Brandon Rosero, all of Hoffman Estates.
Marshall Demirijan and Tommy Clark, both from Hinsdale, and Pranay Prabhakar from Palatine also participated, the press release stated.