Congressional App Challenge

The Congressional App Challenge 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.


Eligibility and Age Division

To be eligible to participate in the Congressional App Challenge, you must be a middle or high school student who resides in or attends school in the Fourth Congressional District at the time of app submission. Students may register as individuals or as teams of up to four. If competing in a team, at least half of the teammates must be eligible to compete in the Fourth Congressional District.

STUDENTS CAN USE ANY PROGRAMMING 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 theme or topic!


2021 Registration and Deadline 

The 2021 Congressional App Challenge officially begins on June 24th. Interested students can pre-register now on the Congressional App Challenge website. The deadline to submit an app for the 2021 Congressional App Challenge is November 1st. Winners will be announced in December.