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Congressional App Challenge

About the Challenge

The U.S. House of Representatives officially launched the Congressional App Challenge in 2015 to help inspire innovation and learning in computer science and coding. The Challenge is a nationwide effort that allows students to compete against their peers by creating an application or "app" for mobile, tablet, or computer devices. Louisiana's 3rd District will participate in this year's Challenge. The student submission period begins on June 4, 2018 and ends on October 15, 2018.

Who is eligible to participate?

Any middle-school or high-school aged student living in Louisiana's 3rd District is eligible to compete. Students are allowed to submit apps individually or in teams of up to four (4) students, provided that at least two of the teammates live in Louisiana's 3rd District.

What if I don't know how to code?

Not a problem. Many other students won't have coding experience either. The Challenge is meant to encourage you to try a new skill. Need help getting started? Check out these free resources to help you learn --> congressionalappchallenge.us/info-and-resources/for-students/learn-to-code/.

What kind of app can I submit?

You can submit any kind of app that you'd like. The only rule is that it must be created by you or your team within the last year. Mobile, web, desktop - all are acceptable.

What do the winners receive?

Winning apps will be featured in the U.S. Capitol, and are eligible to be featured on the House.gov website. Additionally, each winner will receive Amazon Web Services (AWS) credits and an invitation to the #HouseOfCode Reception in Washington D.C., where students can demo their apps, meet other winners from across the country, and hear from top computer science professionals.

 

The Process

  • Register as an individual or a team on the Congressional App Challenge website.
  • Design and create your app.
  • Submit your app before 11:00 AM CST on October 15, 2018.
  • Submissions will be judged by a panel of local tech professionals, college professors, and entrepreneurs on the following criteria: quality of the idea, implementation of the idea, and demonstrated excellence in coding and programming skills.
  • Download the full student guide for a step-by-step outline of the submission process >> (2018 guide coming soon)

 

For more information, please visit the official Congressional App Challenge website at congressionalappchallenge.us or contact Diane Miller at diane.miller@mail.house.gov