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Congressman Mark Pocan

Representing the 2nd District of Wisconsin

Pocan Announces 2014 Winners of House Student App Challenge

Jun 12, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) today announced the finalists from Wisconsin’s Second District in the 2014 House Student App Challenge.

“I was so pleased to see the creative work submitted by the young app developers in my district, and I commend their hard work,” Pocan said. “The App Challenge focuses on the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education at a time when subjects like computer programming are not widely taught in our high schools.”

Pocan said he was proud to host the new contest in Wisconsin’s Second District and is hopeful that it will expand in future years.

“We must continue to foster the abilities of the young people who have an interest in STEM and prepare them for future careers in these emerging fields.”

The twelfth grade team of Benjamin Luskin and Andrew Webber of Middleton High School won the top honor in the contest. They submitted QuickFlash, a file storage application that allows the user to store files on an IOS device and eliminate the need for a USB Drive.

The App Challenge honorable mention was given to the app Calenderi from the team of Logan Bethke, Jonas Klare and Daewon Lee of Middleton High School. The application allows multiple users to access a shared calendar designed to ease scheduling for the members of a group.

Here are photos from the Congressman’s visit to Middleton High School to present the awards.

The judges for the App Challenge, Ms. Leora Greenburg of the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Brad Orego from FlowUX Design and Development, Dr. David Williamson Shaffer of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Mr. Joe Sweeney of 100 State, evaluated the contest entries on their appeal, innovation, presentation and quality of production.

The contest was open to all high school students in the Second District and challenged them to compete by designing a software application for mobile, computer or tablet devices using the platform of their choice. The winning app from each participating district from around the nation will be featured in a display on the official website of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Congressman would also like to thank Scott Resnick of Hardin Design and Development, Chris Meyer of Sector67 and Middleton High School instructor Lori Hunt for their involvement with and support of the App Challenge.