- Congressional App Challenge Winner (2014)
- Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity (2014)
- Connecticut Educators Computer Association Conference Presenter (2013)
- Ridgefield Press: "Senior Gund among App challenge winners" (2014)
- Ridgefield HamletHub: "School App by Senior Devin Gund in National Contest" (2014)
- Meetup: "Stamford Tech Meetup: Demo Lineup Announced!" (2014)
- Ridgefield Press: "Ridgefield app maker awarded for innovation" (2014)
- Community Foundation for Greater New Haven: "Students Recognized for Creativity and Innovation" (2014)
- Ridgefield Patch: "An App for Ridgefield Schools" (2012)
- Ridgefield HamletHub: "Ridgefield Student Develops the First Ridgefield Public School App" (2012)
- Ridgefield Press: "RPS on iOS: It’s 2012 — why get out of bed to see if there’s a snow day?" (2012)
At the start of my sophomore year in high school, Hurricane Irene slammed through my town, downing power lines, uprooting trees, and causing millions of dollars in property damage. With inoperable phone lines and little mobile web support, Ridgefield’s public school system had few functioning forms of communication. This information vacuum troubled me, and I realized that I could put my newly self-taught programming abilities to work helping my town. I developed myRPS, an iOS app to allow direct communication of emergency alerts from schools to families. One year after Irene, Superstorm Sandy unleashed even more damage on Ridgefield, but this time myRPS helped to prevent chaos with real-time alerts about damage and closings.
The app has since grown, providing mobile access to emergency alerts, teacher pages, homework, schedules, grades, and more. It is acclaimed by the students and families of Ridgefield and has been commended by the U.S. House of Representatives and recognized by the White House. I am truly grateful that my first large-scale project has actually improved the lives of so many people.