Congressional App Challenge

We have a winner!

Adrit Rao is the winner of this year's Congressional App Challenge for the 18th Congressional District with his entry, Signer.  You can view Congresswoman Eshoo's announcement here on InFocus, Palo Alto High School's Student Broadcast Network.

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 for a year. Additional prizes may be announced at a later time.

Interested in participating next year?

For your reference, details on submitting a contest entry, the rules of the 2022 competition, and helpful programming resources can be found at 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?

This year's competition is now over, but you can find valuable resources on how to code and develop your app on the Congressional App Challenge website here

Need some inspiration? 

Congresswoman Eshoo now represents CA-16, but below are the previous winners for CA-18 which she was privileged to represent:

  • 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)
  • 2021 winner - Cultive (Zeyneb Kaya)
Need some more?

Here are more of the highly rated submissions Congresswoman Eshoo received in 2022:

  • 2nd place - SpeakEasy (Grant Hough)
  • 3rd place - Scrappie (Sabrina Yen-Ko, Julia Mao, Amanda Guo, Vir Shah)
  • Honorable Mention - Equalitree  (Jack Goler, Bax Barlow, Austin Fujimori, Artin Saffarnia)
  • Honorable Mention - Filter'd (Naiya Daswani)
  • Honorable Mention - Noteblast (Aminjin Battulga , Hyunwook Choi, Adelle Kang, Jeffrey Fan)
  • Honorable Mention – STEM App  (Dorothy Zhang)
  • Honorable Mention - VITE! French Practice (Sander Vonk)
Also, see here to check out all previous winners of the Congressional App Challenge nationwide.