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Tiburon middle schooler wins Congress-sponsored challenge for his food-allergy app

A Tiburon teenager has won congressional recognition for creating an app that communicates food allergies in multiple languages.


Jayden Patel, an eighth-grader at Del Mar Middle School, was named the state’s second-district winner of the 2023 Congressional App Challenge for creating Allergy Card. The app allows users to catalog their food allergies and translate them into a variety of languages, including Spanish, Japanese and Indonesian. The app-development contest is open to middle- and high-school students in participating districts; Jayden competed against other entries from students in District 2, which spans the California coast from Marin to the Oregon border.


Jayden’s app will be displayed at the U.S. Capitol for a year and will be featured on the competition’s website and the House of Representatives website. The 14-year-old will also travel to Washington, D.C., in April to meet district Rep. Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, connect with other winners and show off his app at the House of Code science fair at the Capitol April 10-11.

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