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Congressional App Challenge

Open to All High School Students in Alaska

It is my honor to co-host the 2017 Congressional App Challenge – a nationwide competition to engage our nation’s youth and encourage participation in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related fields.

The Congressional App Challenge, established by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, is a unique opportunity for high school age students to compete with their peers by creating and designing software applications, or apps, for platforms of their choosing (including mobile, tablet, or desktop).

High School students in Alaska are invited to participate in the 2017 Congressional App Challenge by submitting an App from July 26th to November 1st, 2017. Once the submission period has ended, a winning app will be selected by an independent panel of judges. Judging is based on factors including quality of the application's operations, implementation of the application's concept, and demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills.

Apps can come in the form of:

  • Educational tools
  • Emergency Preparedness guides
  • Locator software
  • Games
  • Music Makers

This year, awards will be distributed to the top Apps in the following categories: Education, Entertainment, Games, Health & Fitness, News, Photo & Video, and Productivity.

The winners of the Congressional App Challenge will have their app displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building, be invited to the House Of Code event in Washington, D.C., their app will be featured on

To signed up for the Congressional App Challenge  or to learn more about the competition, please visit:

Note to Congressional  App Challenge participants:

  • Be original
  • Be appropriate
  • Have been created within the year before the Challenge closing date.
  • Create a short video demo explaining the app and what they learned through this competition process

For the final submission, students must:

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