Please note that the Silicon Valley USPTO is a federal facility. Visitors (18 years of age and over) are required to show a valid form of government-issued identification (driver license or passport) and may be subject to security screening to gain access. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
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The 2017 Congressional App Challenge submission period is now open through November 1, 2017. Are you ready to take the 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 which 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 will be announced at a special reception in the district and have their app displayed in the US Capitol Building and on House.gov for a year. Each winner also receives $250 in Amazon Web Services (AWS) Credits.
More details on submitting a contest entry, the rules of the competition, and helpful programming resources can be found at CongressionalAppChallenge.us. 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.
Need some inspiration?
Check here see all the winner of the fall 2016 Congressional App Challenge nationwide. Congratulations to Arnav Gudibande, Amar Ramachandran, and Anuv Gupta, of St. Francis High School in Mountain View for their winning app Peer2Peer!
Previous submissions for the 18th Congressional District can be viewed here.
Looking for resources?
Silicon Valley USPTO is hosting a special event on July 27th to provide resources to students interested in coding and app development. Check out their event page and register here. Registration is free.
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