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Congressman Mark DeSaulnier

Representing the 11th District of California

DeSaulnier Announces Danville Student as Winner of the “2016 Congressional App Challenge” for Contra Costa County

November 30, 2016
Press Release

Walnut Creek, CA – Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) announced Jasmine Steele of Danville as the winner of the 2016 Congressional App Challenge for California’s 11th District. Jasmine Steele, a student at San Ramon Valley High School, designed and created “Allergy Blast,” an app that provides a platform to easily and quickly share allergy and medication information. The app is meant to help children, seniors, or those with special needs who may wish to inform schools or caregivers of this important information.

“I am proud of the innovative young programmers in our district who participated in this year’s app challenge. I congratulate Jasmine on the design of her creative and potentially lifesaving app, and look forward to seeing ‘Allergy Blast’ represent Contra Costa County on display in the United States Capitol,” said Congressman DeSaulnier.

The runners-up included Matt Moss of Alamo, Michael Chou of Danville, and Ray and Ross Altenberg of Moraga with their teammate Alan Brilliant from San Mateo.

The panel of judges for the competition were:

  • Muktesh Mishra, Senior Software Engineer, Capital One
  • Shaun Webb, Product and POC management, Capital One
  • Sudha Jamthe, Part-Time Instructor, Stanford Continuing Studies, Technology

The Congressional App Challenge is a competition aimed at encouraging U.S. students to learn how to code by creating their own applications to highlight the value of computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. This is the second year DeSaulnier has hosted the Congressional App Challenge for the Eleventh District. More information about the Congressional App Challenge can be found here.


Photo Caption (Top): Congressman DeSaulnier congratulates Jasmine Steele, the 2016 Congressional App Challenge winner for California’s 11th Congressional District.

Photo Caption (Bottom): Congressman DeSaulnier (middle) with 2016 Congressional App Challenge participants (from left to right) Ray Altenberg, Ross Altenberg, Jasmine Steele, and Michael Chou.