Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) is pleased to announce that Pranav Padmanabhan, an 11th grader from Boardman High School, is the winner of the Congressional App Challenge for Ohio’s 13th Congressional District. Padmanabhan’s app, called the PolitiViewr, provides voters with non-partisan political information and knowledge about their local races and aims to increase voter turnout among eligible voters, while helping people make informed decisions at the polls.
Padmanabhan’s app will be displayed in the United States Capitol along with other winning submissions from around the nation. His winning application was judged by an independent panel and was based on factors such as quality of the app's operations, implementation of the app's concept, and demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills.
“I want to congratulate Pranav for his work on this worthwhile project, whose aim is to bring more people into the political process and provide them the necessary skills to make good decisions,” said Congressman Ryan. “I also want to commend the goals of the Congressional App Challenge, which is to ensure continued growth and innovation in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and to encourage students to excel in those occupations. By 2018 we are going to need up to three million new highly-skilled workers in the STEM field, and it is crucial that we make every effort to provide students with an opportunity to develop the skills necessary for tomorrow’s job market.”
"I am grateful to the Congressional App Challenge, Congressman Ryan, and my computer science teacher, Mrs. Stanton, for giving me the opportunity to learn and improve my programming skills in a creative way,” said Pranav. “I am passionate about both technology and politics, and I hope that my app, PolitiViewr, can help better our democracy by informing voters about issues and candidates."
The Congressional App Challenge is designed to inspire student creativity and encourage participation in STEM education fields in order to address America’s need to develop a domestic pipeline of STEM and computer programming talent, and thus fill critical roles in the information economy. The Congressional App Challenge is partnering with a growing list of STEM, education, library and community organizations to reach as many high school students as possible, with particular efforts to reach teens from groups that are typically underrepresented in technology.
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Pat Lowry, Senior Adviser
Press and Communications
Congressman Tim Ryan