Bonamici Congratulates Beaverton Student Who Won District’s Congressional App Challenge
BEAVERTON, OR [11/29/16] — Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), a member of the House Education and Science Committees, announced that Sneha Malineni, a student at Beaverton’s Westview High School, has won the Congressional App Challenge for Oregon’s First Congressional District.
Malineni’s mobile phone application is designed to address the needs of Alzheimer’s patients. Users can upload photos with descriptions to the app and then play a game to improve memory skills. You can watch a video of Malineni describing her app here.
“The app addresses needs of Alzheimer’s patients by enhancing retention skills with interactive visual media triggers,” said Sneha Malineni, winner of the Congressional App Challenge. “I chose this idea because I have a grandfather battling Alzheimer’s and understand the lack of confidence patients feel when asking the names of friends or family.”
“Creativity and innovation are key to our economy and essential to future economic growth,” said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. “This year’s Congressional App Challenge brought in thoughtful and impressive submissions. I congratulate Sneha for her creative ‘Forget Me Not’ app that addresses the needs of Alzheimer’s patients. I’m particularly touched by the personal connection with her grandfather, who inspired her development of the app.”
The winning app was selected by a panel of expert judges from Northwest Oregon, and all submissions were evaluated for creativity, originality, user experience, and design. Judges provided the following feedback on Sneha’s app.
“The idea of creating an app specifically in support of Alzheimer’s patients is certainly a noble one,” said Julia Betts, STEM Center Program Manager at Portland Community College. “I think there is some great potential with this idea, and am proud to see students concerned with such pressing medical issues.”
“This student had an excellent entry that demonstrated the ability to develop a novel solution to a real problem; to overcome challenges while coding; to work through iterations of the app to achieve the desired effect,” said Jenn Lynch, Venture Partner at Portland Seed Fund.
“The app was really well thought out,” said Nancy Garcia, Community and Diversity Program Manager at Elemental Technologies. “It addresses a major issue and added gamification to it making it enjoyable to use.”
Bonamici recognized Malineni in an informal ceremony at her office, and 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 Malineni and 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 these fields. 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.