Schakowsky Announces Winner of Congressional App Challenge

April 13, 2021
Press Release

EVANSTON, IL - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, announced the winner of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge competition for the 9th Congressional District of Illinois.

“I am happy to announce that Lauren Ravury, a junior at Glenbrook South High School, has won this year’s Congressional App Challenge. Congratulations, Lauren!

“Lauren created an application called ‘Dear Gen Z’, which was developed to connect young people with each other around the social and political issues important to them, to our nation, and the world.

“Lauren’s submission impressed the judges, who found the application well-crafted and easy to utilize. I know that Lauren’s app will help many more people engage in the democratic process and I look forward to great things she will do in the future.

“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, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, my office received numerous submissions from across the 9th Congressional District. 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 2020 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.  It would not be the success it is without your assistance.”

Lauren’s winning submission was an application called “Dear Gen Z.”  The app is designed to help young people engage with the issues they are passionate about. You can learn more about Lauren’s app here: