Students participate in Congressional App Challenge

Congressional App Challenge

By James Cain
DDNS Correspondent

EL DORADO – The Congressional App Challenge encourages students each year to develop their own individual apps for a chance to win recognition and other awards.

The winning teams will have their app displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol Building, be invited to the #HouseofCode Capitol Hill Reception in Washington, D.C. and receive $250 in Amazon Web Services credits per winner.The first official Congressional App Challenge launched under the leadership of the inaugural CAC Co-Chairs Reps. Mimi Walters, R-Calif. and Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y.

Reps. Ed Royce, R-Calif. and Seth Moulton, D-Mass. took over as co-chairs in 2016, and in the first two years of the Challenge, the CAC reached nearly 4,000 students across 33 states.

Reps. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla. were co-chairs in 2017.

In 2018, Reps. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash. and French Hill, R-Ark. became the co-chairs for a two-year term.Rounding out the fourth year of the Challenge, the CAC has inspired over 14,000 students across 48 states to program an app and practice program coding through the contest.

The deadline to enter is Nov. 1. Registration and other information is available at the Congressional App Challenge website,

Editor’s Note: Featured photo by James Cain.