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Dec 18, 2017 - Plano West Students Win the Third District 2017 Congressional App Challenge


Plano West students David Brooks and Rithwik Pattikonda have captured the Texas’ Third Congressional District win in the 2017 Congressional App Challenge for their app titled: Juke - The SMS Powered Jukebox. David and Rithwik created this app to eliminate the aux cord and to serve as a replacement for a DJ at parties. Juke is meant for long car rides and parties making song requests as easy as simply sending a text message.

The Congressional App Challenge aims to engage students in coding and computer science. In all, 190 Congressional districts across 42 states hosted app challenges for their student constituents. 

Over 4,100 students participated in the 14-week regional competitions. They submitted over 1,270 original student-created apps, a 96% growth in number of apps from last year’s Challenge

The Congressional App Challenge will invite winners from across the country to showcase their apps to the Members of Congress and members of the tech community at #HouseOfCode, a reception on Capitol Hill to be held in April 2018.

Winning work is eligible to be featured for one year on the permanent display in the U.S. Capitol Building and on the website. Each winning student will also be awarded $250 in Amazon Web Service credits, generously donated by Amazon Web Services.