Schakowsky Announces Winner of 2019 Congressional App Challenge

January 21, 2020
Press Release

EVANSTON, IL - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Chairwoman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, announced the winner of the 2019 Congressional App Challenge competition for the 9th Congressional District of Illinois.   

“I am happy to announce that Max Ward, a resident of Mount Prospect and a senior at Prospect High School, has won this year’s competition. Congratulations, Max! 

“Max created an application called JamBook, which was developed to let budding musicians input chords from newly-created or old favorite songs into the app. These chords can then be modified or shared with others locally or around the world – helping bands collaborate or young musicians learn how to play or improvise specific songs.   

“Max’s submission impressed the judges, who found the application well-crafted and easy to utilize. I look forward to seeing what else Max comes up with in the years ahead. 

“The annual Congressional App Challenge is a great chance for young people to design, code, and submit an application they’ve designed.  This competition gives students an opportunity to develop programming skills and see whether coding is a career they may want to pursue.  

"This year, my office received numerous submissions from across the 9th Congressional District, and I hope the program will continue to grow each year.  I want to thank each of the students who took the time to submit an app for the 2019 competition.  You all did great!  I also want to thank the faculty, staff, and parents who encouraged students to participate.  I hope that each of them to continue their interest in this field and participate in the App Challenge next year.    

Finally, I want to thank the several local programmers and members of the tech community who volunteered their time to judge the competition or participate in this year’s Codeathon held by my office with Representatives Krishnamoorthi and Schneider.  This competition would not be the success it is without your assistance.” 

Max’s winning submission was an application called “JamBook”  The app is designed to help musicians record, learn, and share chords from songs old and new.  If you’d like to see a demonstration of Max’s submission, you can view it here: