By CHRISTINA QUACH
Seniors Kalvin Chang, Eric Siu and Darien Tsai of Team Aftermath earned first place in the Congressional App Challenge on Dec. 4.
The Congressional App Challenge is a national competition that is divided into districts within each state. From July to November, teams with a maximum of four people develop an app of personal interest and submit their application that is later judged against other teams. Team Aftermath competed against other teams in the CA-39 district.
Front-end developer senior Darien Tsai says that the team’s hard work has paid off.
“[Because] this was my first year [participating] in the challenge, I did not really have any expectations,” Tsai says. “[We prepared] immensely and the results that we received were very pleasing, to say the least.”
The team’s winning app, Aftermath, is an application designed to assist students with with mathematics, alleviating students’ math anxiety and encouraging more people to pursue studies in the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) field.
Back-end developer senior Eric Siu says that due to immense preparation during the summer, the team developed the app effectively.
“Our team was created when we returned to school, [because] we had a similar [vision in mind], resulting in us doing extensive research on statistics that further helped in the development of the app,” Siu says.
Full stack developer senior Kalvin Chang believes that this win will cement CODE’s reputation in school as a successful and driven club.
“All three of us are self taught coders and we [did not come from] a coding background. We worked very hard and, hopefully, this win will make the club seem more serious,” Chang says. “We also hope that Wilson might become a coding hub in the future.”
The team will display their app at Washington D.C in the spring.