Rep. DeSaulnier Announces Walnut Creek Student as Winner of the “2019 App Challenge”

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Walnut Creek, CA On Friday, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) announced Emily Xie of Walnut Creek as the winner of the 2019 Congressional App Challenge for California’s 11th District.

Xie, a student at Las Lomas High School, designed and created “Every Second,” an app that serves as a digital short-term memory device for senior citizens. The app tracks the user’s daily activities and records consumption of medication, food intake, and interactions with other people. It utilizes wearable technology to connect to a web platform that family, friends, and caregivers can check.

“Technological solutions that allow friends and family to check in on their loved ones can provide peace of mind and stability both for seniors in our community and those who care for them,” said Congressman DeSaulnier. “Emily’s work is a great example of the ingenuity of young people throughout Contra Costa County and I am proud to congratulate her on this accomplishment.”

The runners-up include Krisha Singhani and a team comprised of Neel Redkar and Evan Nishi, all of Danville.

The judges for the competition were:

  • Vivian Lao – Director, Carter Innovation Studio
  • Ruben Hernandez – Digital Director, Richmond Mayor Tom Butt
  • Tiffany Harris – Director, Girls Inc. (Richmond)

The Congressional App Challenge is a competition aimed at encouraging students to learn how to code by creating their own applications to highlight the value of computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education. This is the second year Congressman DeSaulnier has hosted the Congressional App Challenge for the California’s 11th District.

More information about the Congressional App Challenge can be found here.

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