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Congressional App Challenge

I am pleased to announce the 2019 Congressional App Challenge (CAC). Established by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, this competition was designed to engage students’ creativity and encourage participation in computer science and coding. Middle and high school students nationwide will compete within their congressional district by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices. 

Students entering the competition must submit their app’s source code online by Friday, November 1, 2019 and provide a YouTube or VIMEO video explaining their app and what they learned through this competition process.


The CAC is open to all middle and high school students in the Fourth District, or who are eligible to attend public school in the district. Students can compete as an individual or on a team of up to four students. At least two members on any team must meet these eligibility requirements.

This program is intended to introduce students to software development, and thus does not necessarily require a coding background, just a readiness to learn.


To enter, the student must register on the App Challenge’s website. All entries must be original in concept, design and execution.

All interested students are encouraged to register by the early registration date, September 10, and the final submission deadline is November 1


Judging Process

A panel of local judges will choose the district’s winner around late October. I will announce and recognize this year’s 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 winning app gets the following prizes:

  • The winning app will be featured in the Capitol Building
  • The winning app will be put on (10 million visitors per year).
  • Each winner receives $250 in Amazon Web Services (AWS) Credits
  • Each winner receives an invitation to the #HouseOfCode DC Reception


Visit the CAC’s website for further information. For additional questions, please contact Benjamin Hawkins at (203) 333-6600 or