It is my pleasure to announce that the 2019 Congressional App Challenge’s submission portal is open. Students are encouraged to register online by September 10 for a chance at winning early prizes. The final app must be submitted by November 1.

The CAC is a competition designed to encourage student participation in coding and computer science. The challenge is open to all middle and high school students in the Fourth Congressional District of Connecticut.

By some estimates, the U.S. may be short by as many as 1 million programmers by

2020. These are high-paying, high-demand jobs. To maintain American competitiveness, it’s

crucial that the United States invests in our youth now and helps them acquire these valuable

skills. To wit, this program is intended to introduce students to software development and does not necessarily require a coding background - just a readiness to learn. You can find more information on the competition, including the entire rulebook, on the Congressional App Challenge website.

A panel of local experts will choose the district’s winner this November. I will announce and recognize that winner at a reception here in the district, and the winning app will also be displayed in the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

The designer(s) of the district’s winning app will receive the following prizes:

  • Eligibility to have the app featured in the Capitol Building
  • Eligibility to have the app put on (10 million visitors per year)
  • Each winner receives Amazon Web Services (AWS) Credits (amount is to be determined)
  • An invitation to the #HouseofCode reception in Washington D.C.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ben Hawkins in my Bridgeport office at (203) 333-6600 or I look forward to seeing your work.