Bonamici Congratulates Local Student Who Won District’s Congressional App Challenge
BEAVERTON, OR [12/16/19] — Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), a member of the House Education and Science Committees, announced that Sanjana Ilango of Westview High School won the Congressional App Challenge for Oregon’s First Congressional District.
Ilango’s mobile phone application, Spoiler Alert!, helps consumers determine if food and medications are safe to use. The app scans the barcodes of foods and medications and connects directly to the Food and Drug Administration database to check if there is a recall on the product. It supports English, French, and Spanish languages. You can watch a video of Ilango describing her app here.
“The future of our economy and our country depend on having an innovative and creative workforce with the technological skills to succeed,” said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. “This year’s Congressional App Challenge brought in exciting submissions from students who will be future leaders in whatever field they choose. I applaud Sanjana for designing and building a useful app that fills a real need in the community for better and more accessible safety information.”
A panel of expert judges from Northwest Oregon selected the winning app. The judges evaluated the submissions for creativity, originality, user experience, and design.
Bonamici recognized Ilango in an informal ceremony at her office. The winning app will be featured on a display in the U.S. Capitol Building and on the House of Representatives website. You can download a photo of the student with Bonamici here.
Bonamici is a founder and co-chair of the Congressional STEAM Caucus, which advocates for the integration of the arts and design into STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education to encourage creative thinking and engage more students. By supporting and recognizing young programmers, Congress is acknowledging the growing importance of technology development. Students across the country competed in the Congressional App Challenge by creating and demonstrating a software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices. The U.S. House of Representatives organizes the nationwide Congressional App Challenge each year.