Cummings Announces 2017 Congressional App Challenge Winner

December 15, 2017
Press Release

Baltimore, MD (December 15, 2017) – Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) announced the winner of the 2017 Congressional App Challenge for Maryland’s 7th Congressional District. Luke Mann, who attends Marriotts Ridge High School, won the challenge for his app Damage Analysis of Puerto Rico Using Satellite Imagery. Luke’s app works to solve problems like coordinating disaster relief and deploying resources effectively and efficiently.

“I am delighted to host the Congressional App Challenge each year because it is such a tremendous opportunity for students in my district to use their ingenuity to create an app and become more engaged in computer science,” Cummings said. “Luke’s app is very impressive and shows his clear desire to use his skills to enhance disaster relief in the future.  I am certain he will inspire other students at Marriotts Ridge High School with his creativity and passion to help those in need.”

The contest was open to high school students in the Seventh Congressional District of Maryland and is designed to promote innovation and engagement in coding and computer science.  Students competed against their peers by creating an application or “app,” for mobile, tablet or computer devices.

Submissions were judged on the following criteria: quality of the idea, including creativity and originality; implementation of the idea, including user experience and design; and demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills.

The five judges who helped pick the winners were Ms. Beth Sappe with Baltimore City Public Schools, Ms. Sharon Kramer with the Howard County Public School System, Dr. Jayfus Doswell with Juxtopia, LLC, Dr. Ali Emdad with Morgan State University, and Mr. Jordan Snyder with the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Video of Luke demonstrating his app is available here.

Luke’s app will be featured on display in the United States Capitol Building and available online at the House of Representatives website.

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