Three Newark high school students win Congressional App Challenge for food app

Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. today announced the winners of the 2015 Congressional App Challenge for high school students in New Jersey’s 10th Congressional District. Josua Soto-Vasquez, Gianfranco Cervantes, and Yaxenis Ramos of North 13th Street Tech in Newark were named the winners for their app “Social MeatUp,” a social app for foodies that enables them to meet and share their passions for food.

 “The Congressional App Challenge showcases the innovation and technical skills of New Jersey students, and I congratulate Josua, Gianfranco, and Yaxenis on winning this year’s competition,” said Congressman Payne, Jr. “Their success reminds us that we must continue to invest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education to ensure that young people can learn, create, build, and pursue innovative careers that are essential to the economic future of our nation.”

 The Congressional App Challenge is an annual competition intended to highlight the value of computer science and STEM education by encouraging U.S. high school students to learn how to code by creating their own applications. Entries to the competition in New Jersey’s 10th Congressional District were judged by a panel of local experts on several criteria, including quality of the idea, implementation of the idea, and demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills.

As a winning app in the contest, “Social MeatUp” will be displayed on the Congressional App Challenge website and on a digital display in the U.S. Capitol Building for the next year.