San Mateo, CA - Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) today announced Nathan Choi, Paul Wong and Max Kerns of Mills High School as the winning team of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge for “Blaze,” an app that allows users to collect and share information about wildfires, including maps, evacuation status, containment, damage and air quality.

“I wish this app had been available this summer when fires were raging across the West,” said Rep. Speier. “Fire survivors would have had all the information they need at their fingertips in one place. I am impressed with the public service sentiment and the technical skills these three young men demonstrated in their project.”

Rep. Speier added, “We had 16 submissions this year, up from six last year. The quality of the work of these students was very impressive. They tackled issues related to wildfires, Covid-19, healthcare, social responsibility, and college applications. They truly represent the talent and innovation that characterize the Bay Area.”

The Congressional App Challenge is a nationwide event that allows high school students to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application, or app, for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. Winning participants will have their apps displayed at the U.S. Capitol, this year virtually due to the pandemic.

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