Congressional App Challenge

We have a winner! 

Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) announced that Zeyneb Kaya of Saratoga High School is the winner of the 2021 Congressional App Challenge for California’s 18th Congressional District. Zeyneb’s app Cultive is an app to help farmers and home gardeners identify, manage, and track diseases in their plants using advanced AI and providing in-depth resources to prevent and treat a variety of common plant diseases. You can find the announcement here

 

What is the Congressional App Challenge?

The annual Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, or the “Congressional App Challenge” is a competition designed to engage student’s creativity and encourage their participation in STEM education fields. Established by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, Congresswoman Eshoo was the original co-chair of this competition and ran the pilot competition in 2014.

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. 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.

Interested in participating this year?

Details on submitting a contest entry, the rules of the competition, and helpful programming resources can be found at CongressionalAppChallenge.us. All students entering the competition must first register and 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.

Check to see if you’re eligible:

  • 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 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.
  • Read the complete rules here.

Can’t wait?

Pre-register today and check back soon for competition deadlines. In the meantime, you can start working on your app today!

Need some inspiration? 

Here are this year's top entries: 

  • 1st place  - Cultive (Zeyneb Kaya) 
  • 2nd place  - OpenRADAR  (Ron Freeman) 
  • 3rd place –  FloodFinder (Deeya Viradia) 
  • Honorable mention – Ceye (Krish Nachnani Mikhil)
  • Honorable mention – Team WildfiresAI  (Shafin Haque, Kabir Ramzan, and Krish Maniar)
  • Honorable Mention - AutoABI  (Adrit Rao) 
  • Honorable Mention - Refine+   (Ishan Garg) 

Need some more? Here are the previous winners for CA-18:

  • 2014 winner  – Team Trext (April Chien, Claire Huang, Jolena Ma and Wings Yeung)
  • 2015 winner – Team Mezzo  (Aimee An, Heejung Chung, Claire Huang)
  • 2016 winner –  Team Peer2Peer (Arnav Gudibande, Amar Ramachandran, and Anuv Gupta)
  • 2017 winner – Mere (Olivia Chang)
  • 2018 winner – A Smarter Insulin Pump (Anna Quinlan) 
  • 2019 winner - Uproot (Sidney Hough)
  • 2020 winner - SurveyHurricane (Audrey Ha)
See here to check out all previous winners of the Congressional App Challenge nationwide.