Congressional App Challenge
Announcing the fifth annual Congressional App Challenge.
This new competition is designed to engage student’s creativity and encourage their participation in STEM education fields. Established by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, this competition is a nationwide event that allows students from across the country to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.
Throughout the completion period, participating students will be provided opportunities to engage with various STEM educational partners located throughout the community to mentor and assist them with their app development. Students entering the competition must provide a video demo explaining their app and what they learned through this competition process, such as coding or graphic design.
The submitted apps will be judged by an appointed panel of individuals within the academic, software and entrepreneurial fields. The winning student’s app in each participating congressional district will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website (www.House.gov), as well as on display in a U.S. Capitol exhibit. Additional details on The Congressional App Challenge can be found here.
Please fill out this contact form so your Representative can contact you with updates about the Challenge.
The Congressional App Challenge is a competition aimed at encouraging U.S. high school students to learn how to code by creating their own applications. The Challenge is intended to highlight the value of computer science and STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
The House of Representatives knows how crucial these skills are and wants to encourage students to engage in these fields. By encouraging and recognizing our nation’s young programming talent, Congress hopes to shine a light on the growing importance of these skills.
Please note that this competition is open to all students, regardless of coding experience. We strongly encourage students of all skill levels to participate, to learn how to create their own apps.
Quality of the Idea
How creative is the app? How original is it? Does the app address a problem? If so, how creative is the solution?
Implementation of the Idea
Did the student consider the user experience? Did the student give thought to the app design?
Demonstrated Excellence of Coding and Programming Skills
Did the student display understanding of the tools they were using? Did the student demonstrate they had learned about how to code?
Summary of How to Enter:
- Check your eligibility
- Register on Challenge.gov
- Make sure you’re on the right challenge page
- Fill out this form with your contact information
- CREATE YOUR APP!
- Submit your app and a demonstration video explaining what it does
- Fill out the exit questionnaire.
Step 1: Check Your Eligibility
To be eligible to participate in the Congressional App Challenge, you must fulfill the following requirements:
- You must reside or attend school in a district with a participating Representative.
- You must be 13 years of age.
- You must be eligible to attend high school in the district in which you’re competing. (If you attend school in a different district than the one in which you reside, you may compete in either district, but you may only submit an app in one district.)
- If you are competing in a team: at least two of the students in your team must reside or attend high school in the district in which you are competing.
Step 2: Register on Challenge.gov
Challenge.gov is the platform that hosts our app submissions. Though you can see all the challenges that are posted on Challenge.gov without registering, you must actually register in order to submit your own app. The registration process should only take 2 or 3 minutes.
Step 3: Make sure you’re on the right District’s Challenge page
Every Member of Congress has their own unique Challenge page, and you need to make sure to find the correct one. You can double-check what district you live in, here.
Once you’ve registered on Challenge.gov, you can search for your District’s Challenge in the search bar on the top right of the website window. Make sure you’re on the correct page!
Step 4: Submit Contact Information
Please fill out this form with your name and contact information. The Internet Education Foundation will use this information to make sure that you are eligible and that you are competing in the correct District. It should take no more than 2 minutes.
Step 5: CREATE!
Once you’re all signed up, you can move ahead with creating your app!
You must also create a 1-4 minute Demonstration Video, outlining:
- What your app does;
- What tools you used to create your app; and
- How your app works;
Please note that your entry may be judged in its entirety based on this video. It is important to demonstrate the scope and quality of your application in this video. The video should be no more than four minutes in length.
Step 6: Submit Your App and Demonstration Video
Once your app is done, you can submit it on your district’s page on challenge.gov. The 2018 Congressional App Challenge takes place from summer 2018 to October 2018. We will update this section with more details in the near future.
Step 7: Fill out the exit form on CongressionalAppChallenge.US
After you’ve submitted your app on challenge.gov, we will email you a final questionnaire. You must fill out this questionnaire for your app to be evaluated; it’s the final step required for your submission to be complete.