U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) announced that Hartland High School freshman Tayden Cook won the 2019 Congressional App Competition for Michigan’s 8th Congressional District. Tayden’s creation, the FamFri Messaging App, allows family members and friends to easily message and locate each other, share pictures and locations, and even participate in a kindness challenge.
Slotkin visited Cook’s class, taught by Anne Hasseld, at Hartland High School, to deliver the good news in person.
“This app is not only thoughtfully designed and coded, but it’s extremely useful in building strong relationships between groups of people,” Slotkin said. “I love that Tayden incorporated a way to promote good deeds and acts of kindness, finding a creative way to address issues like bullying.”
To watch a video about FamFri Messaging, click here.
Judges scored apps based on functionality, creativity, and user experience. 8th district judges were: Richard Lamb, coordinator of Cyber Operations at Pinckney Cyber Training Institute; Caroline Jobe, senior software developer at Whitelabel Collaborative; and Michelle Massey, vice president at Dewpoint.
The Congressional App Challenge launched in 2014 to encourage students nationwide to code. It is designed to engage student creativity and encourage their participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education fields.
The competition was open to middle school and high school students who live or attend school in Michigan’s 8th Congressional District. The full set of eligibility rules for individual and team entries can be found at www.congressionalappchallenge.us.
District winners will be eligible to have their apps displayed in Washington, D.C., and will receive a cash prize furnished by Amazon.