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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 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. Each winner/team also receives $250 in Amazon Web Services (AWS) Credits.

Interested in participating next year?

More 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 here and submit their entry provide a YouTube or VIMEO video demo explaining their app and what they learned through the competition process.

The 2018 Congressional App Challenge was launched in July and the deadline for submission was October 15th, 2018.  Please check back here in May 2019 for this year’s challenge.

Can’t wait?

Get a jump start now for next year and don’t wait until the last minute to submit your entry!

Need some inspiration? 

  • 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) – watch the announcement of her win on M-A Live. A Smarter Insulin Pump, assists diabetics with maintaining normal blood glucose levels 24/7.
See here for all the winners in the 222 Congressional districts that participated across 46 states in 2018. You can also check here to see all previous winners of the  Congressional App Challenge nationwide. 

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