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Congresswoman Barbara Comstock

Representing the 10th District of Virginia

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Rep. Comstock Names Medha Gupta As Winner of the 2017 Congressional App Challenge

December 14, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) today announced the winner of the 2017 Congressional App Challenge:

“Virginia’s 10th District is full of hardworking students who have each built innovative apps on their own time as part of their desire to succeed in the STEM fields which continue to be critical in today’s economy. Congratulations to this year’s winner of the Congressional App Challenge, Medha Gupta, from Herndon.  Medha’s app, called “Safe Travel”, is designed to help people who are commuting alone feel safer in their commute.  The “Safe Travel” App sets a timer that will count down and automatically send an emergency message to your predetermined contact, letting them know you are in trouble if you do not notify the App that you have arrived safely.  Medha’s hard work and skill in building this App were exemplary and I applaud her, as well as each of her fellow 10th District students who competed this year, for the time and effort they put into building their Apps and developing practical technological solutions for an everyday problem.  It is exciting to see our students engaged in the innovation revolution.”

The Congressional App Challenge is a competition aimed at encouraging U.S. high school students to learn how to code by creating their own applications. The Challenge is intended to highlight the value of computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and encourage students to engage in these fields. By encouraging and recognizing our nation’s young programming talent, Congress hopes to shine a light on the growing importance of these skills.