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Rep. Wexton Announces VA-10 Winner of 2022 Congressional App Challenge

Sterling, VA – Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) announced the winner of the 2022 Congressional App Challenge from Virginia’s 10th District: RoutineRemind, designed by team members Samvrit Rao, Rohan Kotla, and Soham Jain who are sophomores at Thomas Jefferson High School.

“A big congratulations to VA-10’s Congressional App Challenge winners, team RoutineRemind – Rohan, Samvrit, and Soham!” said Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton. “I was so impressed by not only their remarkable technical skills in designing this winning app, but also their ingenuity and care in developing a way to help kids with autism and their families. It has been an honor to co-chair the App Challenge, which saw record success this year, spreading this opportunity to engage with the world of coding and computer science to more communities across the country than ever before.”

RoutineRemind is an application that functions as a schedule/reminder app for children with social and cognitive impairments, especially targeted towards children with autism. This app seeks to tackle this issue by providing a simple and effective way for parents to create verbal schedules, which can be replayed for children with autism at any time.

Watch a demo of the app here

Wexton served as co-chair of this year’s App Challenge alongside Congresswoman Young Kim (R-CA). The 2022 competition was the largest ever, breaking the previous record for apps submitted by over 500 apps. VA-10 received 25 submissions from 44 students.

The Congressional App Challenge was created in 2013 with the mission to inspire, include, and innovate student efforts in STEM and computer science. Over the past eight years, the competition has reached remarkable levels of urban, suburban, and rural participation and participation from underrepresented communities. Winning apps will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building and featured on the House of Representatives’ website, Students from winning teams from each participating district are invited to #HouseofCode Capitol Hill Reception, where they can demo their apps.