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Announcing the Winner of Rep. DeFazio’s 2019 Congressional App Challenge

Dec 11, 2019
Press Release

In conjunction with Computer Science Education Week, U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) today announced the Oregon fourth district winner of the 2019 Congressional App Challenge—Ajay Sridhar, a senior at Crescent Valley High School. Sridhar’s app will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol.

“I’m impressed by Ajay’s work,” said DeFazio.  “Sparked by a real-life need, he developed an app that can help people navigate safely through any community. Ajay shows us one of the myriad of benefits computer science brings to our lives.”

Inspired to find a solution for his sister’s fear of walking home alone late at night, Sridhar designed an App called “Cautios,” to help protect people from potentially dangerous encounters. Cautios uses public data from the Oregon State Police Sex Offender Registry to track the location of level three sex offenders in relation to the user’s real-time position. Another feature enables the user to press a “help” button when in danger that sends their exact location along with a message requesting help to select pre-set contacts. To view Sridhar’s video explanation of his app, click here.

Started just three years ago, the Congressional App Challenge allows middle and high school students to compete against their peers by creating an application (also known as an “app”) for desktop/PC, web, tablet, mobile, raspberry Pi or other devices. The Challenge is designed to promote innovation and engagement in computer science. For more information on the App Challenge, click here.