Congressman announces winners of 2020 Congressional App Challenge

U.S. Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) has introduced the winners of this yr’s New Jersey Fourth Congressional District Congressional App Problem, a part of a nationwide competitors for center college and highschool college students to showcase their software program app-developing abilities and teamwork.

The profitable app (software), CollabraCart, was designed by Communications Excessive College college students Erin Hardiman of Spring Lake, Melody Lin of Freehold and Jacob Rosegarten of Morganville, in line with a press launch from Smith’s workplace.

“I’m happy to congratulate all of the profitable college students at Communications Excessive College,” Smith was quoted as saying within the press launch. “The profitable app, CollabraCart, could be very well timed within the COVID period through which we discover ourselves. It may match people who find themselves struggling to buy groceries with people who’re looking for to donate their time and/or cash to assist them.

“Throughout these unprecedented occasions when a lot of our fellow New Jerseyans are struggling to keep up their livelihood and feed their households, it was nice to see Melody, Erin and Jacob work collectively and develop an app that can assist others in our neighborhood,” the congressman mentioned.

At a consumer’s discretion, the service might keep nameless and other people might choose to attach with one other consumer by means of a “Mates” function. All cash donated could be used for the cost of any person’s groceries, in line with the press launch.

Timed to coincide with Laptop Science Training Week, which happened from Dec. 7-13, Smith mentioned this yr’s contest drew entries from Monmouth and Ocean counties.

Twenty-nine college students participated in groups and as people to design 9 apps. Communications Excessive College, a Monmouth County Vocational College District profession academy in Wall Township, swept all three prime spots.

The second place app is Inexperienced Backyard, designed by Brigid McCarthy of Manasquan, Abi Cohen of Marlboro and Rina Peshori of Holmdel.

The scholars labored to assist the conservation of at-risk insect species by means of know-how and engagement of an viewers with a novel potential to create change.

Inexperienced Backyard serves a twin objective of training and leisure. Customers care for and develop their very own digital backyard whereas studying how these efforts, when utilized to actual life, have the potential to assist insect populations, in line with the press launch.

The third place app is Roomiez, designed by Nate Riehl of Manasquan, Ava Turner of Middletown and Jake Polvino of Tinton Falls.

Roomiez is an app that helps faculty college students discover roommates. The app prompts a consumer looking for a suitable roommate with a number of selection questions and the flexibility to pick out curiosity tags in varied classes.

The app saves the solutions from every consumer and can solely show different customers with comparable pursuits, sorting by the closest match first, in line with the press launch.

Within the Congressional App Problem, college students are permitted to create an app on any subject utilizing any coding language or platform. The problem encourages college students to harness creativity to deal with points in their very own communities, in line with the press launch.

This yr, greater than half of the entries instantly or not directly addressed points attributable to COVID-19.

Greater than 91% of the scholars reported that they intend to proceed coding and 95% of the scholars mentioned they’re extra more likely to pursue a profession in STEM (science, know-how, engineering, arithmetic) after taking part within the Congressional App Problem, in line with the press launch.

Center college college students and highschool college students from Smith’s Fourth Congressional District who’re occupied with taking part within the 2021 contest might contact Smith’s Freehold Township workplace at 732-780-3035 and go to

Cities in Smith’s district embrace: Allentown, Colts Neck; Eatontown, Englishtown, Truthful Haven, Farmingdale, Freehold Borough, Freehold Township, Holmdel, Howell; Jackson, Manalapan, Middletown (half), Millstone Township, Purple Financial institution Borough, Rumson, Shrewsbury Borough, Shrewsbury Township, Tinton Falls Borough and Higher Freehold Township.