Congressional App Challenge

Congressional App Challenge

The Congressional App Challenge is open to all students in Washington's 7th Congressional District. Students entering the competition must submit their app on during the Competition Submission Period between July 26, 2017 and 9:00 am PST on November 1, 2017.

Submissions will be judged on the following criteria: quality of the idea, including creativity and originality; implementation of the idea, including user experience and design; and demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills.

The winner will be featured on, and the winning app will also be on display in the U.S. Capitol, honoring the winners from across the country.

For more information, visit the official Congressional App Challenge website at or contact Yazmin Mehdi at!


What is the Congressional App Challenge?

  • Established by Members of the US House of Representatives in 2015, the Congressional App Challenge is a nationwide event that invites high school students to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application or app for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.  The competition is designed to engage the creativity of students and encourage their participation in computer sciences and STEM.

Who can participate?

  • High school students who live in or are eligible to attend public schools located in Washington's 7th District.  To confirm your eligibility, please visit  Participants must be at least 13 years old as of November 9, 2016.

Can student submit in teams?

  • Yes.  The maximum team size is four students, two of whom must reside in or be eligible to attend public high school in Washington's 7th District.

When will the contest occur?

  • Students can register and submit an entry from July 26, 2017 to November 1, 2017. Judging will take place in November.

What must contestants submit for consideration?

  • Participating students must submit a demonstration video of their app.

How will my app be judged?

  • Apps will be judged based on the following criteria:

    • Quality of the idea, including creative and originality

    • Implementation of the idea, including user experience and design; and

    • Demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills.

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