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Royce Announces Congressional App Challenge CA-39 Exhibit Speakers

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Washington, February 3, 2016 | Saat Alety (202-225-4111) | comments

Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) announced the speakers for this year's Congressional App Challenge Exhibit and Awards Ceremony which will feature mobile applications created by high school students from California's 39th Congressional District.

A panel of independent judges will determine the winning team and Rep. Royce will announce their decision at the ceremony. Competition winners will have their work displayed in the United States Capitol.

“I look forward to seeing what the talented students of California's 39th Congressional District created for this year's competition," said Rep. Royce. "Thank you to the event speakers and judges, all of whom share a passion for instilling the value of a STEM education in our community's students."

Event details are as follows:

Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Time: 7 PM PST
Location: Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
Address: 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, CA 92886

Event speakers include:

Marc Fischer, CEO and Co-Founder of Dogtown Media
Marc Fischer is the founder and CEO of Dogtown Media, a mobile technology studio based in Santa Monica, California with offices in San Francisco and New York City. Marc has over a decade of experience designing, developing, and launching digital products for tech startups and multi-national organizations; including Lexus, Google, CitiBank, and the United Nations.

Marc is also a Professor at Santa Monica College where he teaches Mobile App Design to computer science and graphic design students. He is a mentor with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship as well as a board member of Beauty Earth, a non-profit focused on revitalizing urban areas thru local art initiatives.

LTC Dennis Sugrue, Los Angeles District Deputy Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Lieutenant Colonel Dennis P. Sugrue received a Regular Army commission in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers through the United States Military Academy in 1999. His military education includes the Engineer Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Command and General Staff College, Ranger School, and Airborne School.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from West Point, and two Master of Science degrees in Geological Engineering and Environmental Engineering from Missouri Science and Technology and Johns Hopkins University, respectively.

Tom Ward, CTO of MEDL Mobile
Tom Ward is the Chief Technology Officer of MEDL Mobile, a mobile application studio committed to building and promoting next generation mobile apps and games for the iPhone and iPad. MEDL Mobile's iPhone apps have hit #1 in the App Store and been featured in the New York Times, CNN, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, CNBC, Fortune, Fast Company, Orange County Register, Chicago Tribune, and more.

Ward is also a former adjunct professor in the computer science department of California State University, Fullerton. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Full Sail University.

Those interested in attending the event may do so by contacting Stephanie Hu at (714) 255-0101 or

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