November 19, 2019
Press Release

LOS ANGELES - On Saturday, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) hosted his congressional district’s fourth-annual Congressional App Challenge and second-annual reception for the Challenge at Santa Monica College. Twenty-four students from thirteen high schools submitted seventeen apps for this year’s competition. The winner. Julian Quevedo of Redondo Union High School, submitted an app entitled “dot-buddy.” “dot-buddy” is a tool for students in marching band. In order to create the elaborate formations of a field show, performers must accurately hit many checkpoints as they march across the field.  While finding these exact checkpoints by hand is very tiresome, “dot-buddy” can find all of them, along with displacement vectors, angles of travel, and step-sizes with the tap of a button.

The Congressional App Challenge, a competition aimed at encouraging U.S. high school students to learn how to code by creating their own applications, is open to all middle and high school students who either reside or attend school in California’s 33rd Congressional District. The first place winner’s app is eligible to be featured in the U.S. Capitol Building and Additionally, the winner receives Amazon Web Services Credits and is invited to the #HouseOfCode DC Reception. 

“As a recovering Computer Science major, I am inspired by all these students who have committed themselves to creating these innovative apps,” Congressman Lieu said. “Our office sees growth every year in the number of submissions submitted. I am proud to represent a district that is the home to Silicon Beach, as well as SMC and UCLA, which emphasize the importance of STEM innovation and education.”

Below are the results of the 2019 Congressional App Challenge:

  • 1st Place: “dot-buddy”, submitted by Julian Quevedo – Grade 12 – Redondo Union High School
  • 2nd Place: “StudentID.”, submitted by Jayden Bulexa – Grade 10 – Beverly Hills High School
  • 3rd Place: “Club Hives”, submitted by Sathvik Vegi – Grade 10 - West High School
  • Honorable Mention: “iGov”, submitted by Koray Mentesoglu – Grade 12 – Redondo Union High School

Judges for the 2019 Congressional App Challenge include:

  • Mr. Marc Fischer, CEO at Dogtown Media
  • Dr. William Goodin, Industry Relations Coordinator at UCLA Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
  • Mr. Ryan Kim, CEO of Phyn
  • Mr. Howard Stahl, Department Chair for Computer Science & Information Systems at Santa Monica College