Kilili announces 2018 App Challenge


File photo shows Marianas High School students Daniel Villarmero and Chenoa Bunts-Anderson demonstrating their winning app, “The Student Companion,” to Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer at the Capitol in April. (Contributed Photo)

Delegate Kilili C. Sablan (Ind-MP) once again invites all middle school and high school students to showcase their creativity and technological talents by designing and submitting apps for the 2018 Congressional App Challenge.

Between now and Sept. 10, students may register online for the challenge, individually or in teams of up to four, at Submissions are due Oct. 15.

“The App Challenge inspires young people across the nation to develop their skills in coding, computer science and other STEM [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] fields, and to apply their ideas to solve problems in fun and innovative ways,” Sablan said. “We have plenty of young programming talent in the Marianas. The App Challenge is a wonderful opportunity to grow that talent.”

Short for “application,” an “app” is software that can be run on a variety of devices for different purposes, such as entertainment, health monitoring, and enhancing work performance.

Challenge participants may create any type of app they like, on any platform, and covering any topic, as long as it is original, appropriate, and meets certain functional requirements. Submission requirements include a registration form, app information, a 1-3 minute video demonstrating what the app does and how it works, and an exit questionnaire.

Last year’s winning app, “The Student Companion,” was designed by Marianas High School students Chenoa Bunts-Anderson and Daniel Villarmero.

Bunts-Anderson and Villarmero presented their app to members of Congress and representatives of the technology industry at the House of Code reception in Washington, D.C. this past April. Check out their app at

Details about the App Challenge are available at the congressional office’s website at or the App Challenge’s official website, For more information, contact the congressional office at or call 323-2647. (PR)

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