2021 Congressional App Challenge

About the Congressional App Challenge

The CAC is an initiative of the U.S. House of Representatives, where Members of Congress host contests in their districts for middle school and high school students, encouraging them to learn to code and inspiring them to pursue careers in computer science. The non-profit Internet Education Foundation provides the CAC with supplemental staffing and support. In the five years of the Congressional App Challenge, the program has yielded 1134 App Challenges across 49 states. Thousands of functional apps have been created by over 25,000 students, and participant demographics surpass all industry diversity metrics.

Eligibility

The Congressional App Challenge is open to all students in the first Congressional District of Kentucky. To be eligible to participate in the Congressional App Challenge, you must be a middle or high school student at the time of app submission. Students may register as individuals or as teams of up to four. No more than four students are allowed to form a team. Students may compete in the district they reside in or the district they attend school in. If competing as a team, at least half of the teammates must be eligible to compete in the district in which they are participating in. If you are not sure whether you are a 1st District resident or student, click here.

A full set of rules for the Congressional App Challenge can be found here.

Register and Submit

Registration

Student registration officially opened on June 24, 2021. To register for the 2021 Congressional App Challenge, click here.

Important Dates

May – Student pre-registration opens

June 24 – Challenge officially launches

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

November – Judging period

December – Winner announced!

If you have questions at any point during this process, please email Jason.Tyler@mail.house.gov.

Winner

Congressman Comer can pick one winning app for the First Congressional District. Submissions will be judged on the following criteria: quality of the idea, including creativity and originality; implementation of the idea, user experience, and design; and demonstrated excellence of coding & programming skills.

Winning apps are eligible to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol and featured on the House of Representatives’ website. Winning students are also invited to the #HouseofCode Capitol Hill Reception in Washington. There may be additional prizes sponsored by App Challenge official partners.

To see examples of winners from past years, click here.