Germantown, Tennessee--January 24, 2020—Houston High School students Milo Sulipeck, Manas Malla, Ricky Liu, and DJ Paudler won this year’s Congressional App Challenge with their program SigDex, an offline indexing system that can pinpoint your location by using surrounding wireless access points.
U.S. Congressman David Kustoff met the team of young programmers earlier this week to congratulate them on winning, some on the team for the second year in a row. Sulipeck, Malla, and Liu won last year by designing a game with original music. This year they added programmer and budding mathematician DJ Paudler to the team and took things a step further.
This year’s winning app, SigDex, was inspired by difficulty in navigating dead cellular spots in Germantown. The program works by storing public wireless access points and geographic location, then using them to track cell phone location. Hopes are that this technology could be used for expediting navigation for first responders in dense urban areas, or individuals with no cellular data in more rural towns. “All of the data can be completely crowdsourced, eliminating the need for individual data collection by tech giants,” explained Sulipeck. “It’s exciting” Sulipeck continued, “to be winning for the second year in a row.” This year marks Houston High School’s third consecutive year winning the CAC.
From Left to Right: Principal Taylor, CS Teacher Ms. Wartenburg, Ricky Liu, DJ Paudler, David Kustoff, Milo Sulipeck, Manas Malla, Vice Principal Ms. Abel, Superintendent Jason Manuel