Congressional App Challenge

2023 Congressional App Challenge

The 2023 Congressional App Challenge closed on Wednesday 11/1/2023 at 12:00pm EST. Please visit the Congressional App Challenge website here for more information and to submit an app. For questions, please email Kelly.Dukes@mail.house.gov.


What is the Congressional App Challenge?

The annual Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, or the “Congressional App Challenge”, was created by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2014, and is competition designed to engage student’s creativity and encourage their participation in STEM education fields.

The Congressional App Challenge allows middle and high school students from across the country to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.

Throughout the competition period, participating students will be provided opportunities to engage with various STEM educational partners located within the community to mentor and assist them with their app development. By encouraging and recognizing our nation’s young programming talent, Congress hopes to shine a light on the growing importance of these skills.

The winners have their app displayed in the US Capitol Building and on House.gov for a year. Additional prizes may be announced at a later time.

Eligibility & Registration

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, and no more than 4 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 two of the teammates must be eligible to compete in the district in which they are participating in.

The rules of the 2023 competition, details on submitting a contest entry, and helpful programming resources can be found at CongressionalAppChallenge.us. All students entering the competition must first register and then submit their entry by providing a YouTube or VIMEO video demo explaining their app and what they learned through the competition process. You can use any video-hosting site, but make sure to set the settings for your video to “public” for the judges to review.

Dates:

  • Wednesday 11/1/2023: Deadline for students to submit their app.
  • Thursday 12/14/2023: Announce district winner(s) on or before this date.

Prizes:

  • Winning apps are eligible to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol building and featured on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website.
  • Winning students are invited to #HouseofCode Capitol Hill Reception in Washington D.C.