January 06, 2020

Congressman Joe Neguse Announces Andrew Woen as Winner of 2019 Congressional App Challenge

Washington, D.C.— Today, Congressman Joe Neguse announced Andrew Woen as the winner of the 2019 Congressional App Challenge for Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District. Woen created an app entitled “ReDetect” which tells users what items can be recycled through image recognition and machine learning. Woen is 16-years-old and attends Peak to Peak High School in Boulder County. 

“It is incredibly inspiring to see young people across the district leveraging their ingenuity and entrepreneurship to better the planet,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “Andrew’s app shows off his incredible coding skills and seeks to meet a need in our communities and across the globe.”

The 2019 Congressional App Challenge ran from September through November 1st and offered high schoolers across the 2nd Congressional District the opportunity to create a unique app and learn new coding skills. In October, Congressman Neguse participated in an app-a-thon coding day at Google to allow students the opportunity to learn from experts and access computers in order to participate in the challenge. 

By some estimates, the U.S. may be short by as many as 1 million programmers in 2020, making investments in STEM and computer-based skills absolutely essential for economic innovation nationwide. To maintain American competitiveness, it’s crucial that the United States invest in youth now and help acquire these valuable skills.