Quigley Announces Winner of Congressional App Challenge
CHICAGO — U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) announced Damian Medina, a senior at Lakeview High School, as the winner of the Congressional App Challenge for Illinois’ Fifth Congressional District at an event in his honor at 1871, Chicago’s entrepreneurial hub for digital startups. Damian’s app, My Vote, is a resource guide for the 2016 presidential election with aggregated information on all of the candidates and their policy positions, where to vote, and how to vote in different localities.
“Damian’s app reminds us that science and technology can be used to empower young Americans to become involved in the political process. Collecting information on all of the presidential candidates into one location makes it easier for voters to make an informed decision and encourages them to participate by providing voting information,” said Rep. Quigley. “By encouraging students to create their own app and pursue an education in STEM fields, the Congressional App Challenge will help develop a stronger, high-skilled workforce. I’m proud to have Damian represent Illinois’ Fifth District in the Congressional App Challenge.”
"Whether they become entrepreneurs or pursue other professions, young people who understand the importance of being entrepreneurial in their careers will be better prepared for success throughout their lives,” said 1871 CEO Howard A. Tullman. “We thank Representative Quigley for his ongoing commitment to fostering entrepreneurship throughout the district, and congratulate Damian on creating the winning app."
"It is important that not just adults, but youth stay politically active because all of our futures are at stake," said Damian Medina.
Damian Medina (left) and Rep. Quigley (right) at 1871 celebrating Damian’s first place finish in the Congressional App Challenge for Illinois’ Fifth District.
Damian is considering attending University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign or University of Illinois at Chicago in the fall, where he intends to study computer science. A video is available detailing his Congressional App Challenge submission.
This year’s runner up was a submission by brother’s Kieran and Callum Bondy, a junior and freshman at Latin School of Chicago. Their app, BRYG (Blue Red Yellow Green), is an arcade-style app that challenges the user to click on as many darker colored circles they can before time expires. A video is also available detailing their Congressional App Challenge submission.
The Congressional App Challenge is designed to engage student creativity and encourage their participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education fields. High school students from across Illinois’ Fifth Congressional District were encouraged to create and exhibit their software applications for mobile, tablet or computer devices on a platform of their choice. The Challenge is intended to highlight the value of computer science and STEM 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.
Rep. Quigley is a member of the New Democrat Coalition, a group of congressional lawmakers that promotes policies that harness American ingenuity, innovation and entrepreneurship to grow our economy. He was a supporter of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act and cosponsored an original part of this legislation that focused on helping businesses raise the capital needed to expand and create jobs. This legislation was signed into law by President Obama in April 2012. Last year, Rep. Quigley celebrated “Start-Up Day Across America” by meeting with leaders at Chicago-based start-up UrbanBound. Prior to that, he celebrated by meeting with entrepreneurs at 1871.