Du and Lin siblings win 2020 App Challenge

Posted on Dec 15 2020

Justin Du, Jie Du, Carson Lin, and James Lin of Marianas High School are the winners of the 5th Annual Northern Mariana Islands Congressional App Challenge.n (Contributed Photo)

Justin Du, Jie Du, Carson Lin, and James Lin of Marianas High School are the winners of the fifth annual Northern Mariana Islands Congressional App Challenge. The Marianas High School sophomores scored the top rank among a total of 14 submissions from schools in the Northern Marianas. 

“This year’s app submissions were some of the most creative and thoughtful concepts for apps that I have seen,” said Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (Ind-MP). “All of our participants displayed perseverance in their use of code and turned their innovative ideas into functional apps.”

The Congressional App Challenge is an annual coding competition hosted by Members of Congress nationwide. Students compete with other coders in their district and can work with teams of up to four people to create an app. Apps can be developed for any platform and students can choose which coding language they want to use. The purpose of the App Challenge is to encourage students to learn to code while inspiring them to pursue careers in computer science. 

The CNMI’s winning app this year is “SRC,” a Web-based customer relationship management system that allows businesses to manage their interactions with current, past, and potential customers. 

“Many businesses have to close because of the pandemic, and many things have to be moved online to prevent employees from getting COVID-19,” the students said in their demonstration video. “The main purpose of our app is to help companies manage customers and payments all online.”

As the Northern Marianas’ winning team, the team of four will receive national recognition and have their work eligible for display at the U.S. Capitol. They will also receive invitations to the House of Code reception happening virtually next spring. 

This year’s second place winners are Jaehoon Son and Dip Roy from Marianas High School with their app “Kallo.” Kallo is a Chrome browser extension that restricts and reports student’s activities during a test or exam. Mount Carmel School students Mikee Mame Mendoza and Maria Ayuyu placed third with their app, “EcoFriend,” an app that allows individuals to keep track of their ecological footprint and the steps they take to improve the environment. (PR)

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