Student winner named in westside Congressional App Challenge
An app that connects people in need of home deliveries with youths available to pick up food, medicines and other items has won Oregon's 1st District Congressional App Challenge.
U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, a Democrat from Beaverton, announced the winner from among eight entries submitted by nine high school students. She met with eight of the students via video link.
The app, PDX Concierge, was developed by Neel Jain, a junior at Westview High School in Beaverton. He said it was an easier way for people to connect for needed home deliveries during the coronavirus pandemic.
Bonamici read what the judges said about the app: "It is a good idea to help community members during these chaotic times and it gets youth of the community involved. It is a creative solution to bridge the gap for the elderly who are immuno-compromised while engaging in a service."
The Congressional App Challenge drew 6,000 student participants developing 1,850 apps nationwide. Winning apps will be displayed on the U.S. House website, house.gov.
Contests were conducted in Oregon's 1st, 3rd and 4th districts.
Bonamici said the apps submitted this year for the district contest "are responsive to some of the issues we are facing now."
She urged all the student participants to continue to develop their skills to solve problems.
"We may have some that we have not even imagined yet," she said. "I know that all of you will be participating in helping solve them."
The three judges for the 1st District contest were: Ivette Cortez, Seattle program manager, ChickTech; Angeles Godinez-Valencia, program manager, Centro Cultural de Washington County, based in Cornelius; and Hazel Valdez, operations manager, PDX Women in Tech.
The other student participants:
• Vibha Addala, freshman, Jesuit High School, Beaverton, for an app providing a COVID-19 diagnosis based on chest x-rays.
• Nidhi Kairon, junior, Southridge High School, Beaverton, for an app finding vegan restaurants.
• Kush Khamesra, junior, Westview High School, Beaverton, for an app finding restaurant take-outs.
• Seth Knights and Nate Sales, juniors, Catlin Gabel School, Portland, for an app providing for easier COVID-19 tracing.
• Anika Sharma, junior, Westview High School, Beaverton, for an app informing protesters of their legal rights.
• Samyak Shrimali, sophomore, Jesuit High School, Beaverton, for an app reminding people of COVID-19 protocols such as mask wearing, handwashing and social distancing.
• Ishaan Sinha, junior, Glencoe High School, Hillsboro, for an app helping people with vocal difficulties caused by Parkinson's disease.
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