2021 Congressional App Challenge
What is the Congressional App Challenge?
Every year, members of the U.S. House of Representatives host a nationwide Congressional App Challenge (CAC) to engage students’ creativity while inspiring, including, and encouraging their participation in STEM fields. The CAC is open to all middle and high school students in Guam, offering a platform to compete with peers, showcase their accomplishments on a national scale, and improve their long-term employment prospects with valuable computer science and programming skills, increased opportunities for networking, and a background which includes unique contributions to American competitiveness in the global workforce.
At the conclusion of our competition, the winning app from each congressional district which hosted a Challenge will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website and displayed in a U.S. Capitol exhibit. Additionally, its accompanying student developer will be invited to the #HouseofCode Capitol Hill Reception in Washington D.C.
How to Participate
- 1. REGISTER: Register Here: https://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/students/student-registration/
- 2. DESIGN
- 3. SUBMIT
- Student(s) must either be in middle or high school at the time of contest close (October 19th)
- Students may not participate after having graduated from high school
- Any given student may only compete in one district
- Students can participate in up to teams of four
- For teams, 50% of the students must either live or go to school in the district
- Apps can be coded on any platform, using any programming language, on any topic
A complete submission will include the following components:
1. Registration Form
- Students must fill out a sign-up form so their eligibility can be verified.
- If students are competing as part of a team, the sign-up form must include the relevant information (e.g. mailing address) from each student.
2. App Information
• Title of Your App
• The coding language you used
• Purpose of your app; explained in ONE sentence
• Short Description. What is your app trying to accomplish and why?
• A technical/coding difficulty you faced. Tell us what you faced and explain your coding solution.
• Improvements you would make to a 2.0 version of your app, based on what you've learned so far.
3. Demonstration Video. Create a 1-3 minute video showcasing what your app does and how it works. Videos must be uploaded to a public site like YouTube or Vimeo so that judges can watch them. Videos longer than 3 minutes will be penalized per the judges’ discretion.
A good video will include the following:
• Introduction of the student/team and the name of your app
• A clear explanation of the app's purpose (should be done in one clear sentence)
• An explanation of who the app is intended for
• An explanation of tools and coding languages used to create the app
• Demonstration of how the app is used
4. Exit Questionnaire. This will be e-mailed to all students following the submission of their app. All students must complete the exit questionnaire.
Full text of the rules for student participants are included here:
- o June 24th : Student registration opens, CAC launches
- o November 1st : Student Applications Close
Have more questions? Need additional information?
- o To learn more about the competition or to submit an app go to https://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/
- o For assistance with further questions please email the Congressional App Challenge Team StudentSupport@congressionalappchallenge.us or your congressional office at firstname.lastname@example.org.