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Congressional App Challenge

Now Accepting Submissions for the 2021 Congressional App Challenge

The Congressional App Challenge (CAC) is a great way for middle and high school students from across the country to explore and improve their computer-based skills by creating original apps. This competition encourages computer science and innovation skills and offers an opportunity for students to explore potential careers in the STEM field. The competition is hosted by the Congressional Internet Caucus. Each winning app may be put on display in the U.S. Capitol Building for one year and will be featured on the House of Representatives website. Winning students are also invited to the #HouseofCode Capitol Hill Reception in Washington D.C. Read more about the competition here

Qualifications: 

The CAC is open to students in 6th - 12th grade at the time of the app submission. The high school and middle school must be located in California’s 48th District, or the participating students must reside in the District.  Students may register as an individual, or as a team of up to 4 participants. At least half of the team must be made up of students that reside or attend school within the District. Teachers and/or students should verify their eligibility with our office by calling 714.960.6483.

Important Dates: 

June 24 – Challenge officially launches

November 1 – Deadline for students to register and submit their app online

November – Judging period

December – Winners announced!

All app submissions must be received by November 1st, 2021 at 5:00 pm PST.

Registration & Rules: 

Those interested in creating an app for this year's challenge should review the rules and regulations linked in the forms below. Students must fill out a sign-up form to verify eligibility. If students are competing as part of a team, the form must include relevant information for each student. Click here to pre-register

Students can use any language (example: C, C++, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, “block code,” etc.) and ANY PLATFORM (PC, web, tablet, robot, mobile, etc.). There are NO LIMITS on application themes or topics! All entries must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws. Any entry that has been copied from an existing application that was created by someone other than the student is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted. Click here for rules

Rules and Regulations

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