Recap: Congressional App Challenge Hackathon – UW Bothell
On October 1st and 2nd, we were lucky enough to support a hackathon in our backyard at the University of Washington Bothell. For the Congressional App Challenge Hackathon, we put out the call to local high school students help build and expand the technological world around us. We had some inspiring teams and great ideas!
To kick-off the hackathon, students heard from Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, who encouraged the students to continue to be passionate about technology. She also highlighted the huge innovation and job opportunities that are available in the technology industry. Students also had a chance to learn about applying to and attending UW Bothell. There were also Lightning Talks from AT&T and Microsoft along with a technical session from Scaphold. Everyone also heard from Rhianon Anderson, the Executive Director of the Congressional App Challenge, who highlighted some of the goals of the Challenge at a national level:
- Promote coding and computer science to youth and underserved communities.
- Increase education in coding and ensure access to technology resources for all students.
- Connect Members of Congress and their student constituents around technology.
Over the course of the hackathon, students were able to learn new skills and new technologies. At the end of the event, they presented their projects to a judging panel:
- Suzan DelBene, Congresswoman, Washington, District 1
- Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Worldwide Education at Microsoft
- Andrew Parsons, Global STEM Evangelist at Microsoft
- Michael Paris, Co-Founder at Scaphold
Keep reading to see which teams won.
AT&T Excellence Award: (V)rishabh(s) – This team created an assignment manager and calendar for students. They built a priority algorithm so you know which task you need to do first.
Google Excellence Award: Hope for the Homeless – This team built a web app to connect the homeless with people who want to help. The app asks a series of questions to determine what resources a company or individual can provide, and what resources it should list for a homeless app user.
Microsoft Excellence Award: Meme Team – This team designed a process that allows an artist to add metadata to a song. When the song is played, the data is displayed to the listener through the mobile app.
Scaphold Excellence Award: Bumble Bots – This team created a mobile app that farmers can use to register when they are spraying pesticides on their crops. Based on those times, the app will alert beekeepers so that they can keep their bees away from hazardous pesticides.