Congressional App Challenge

Congressional App Challenge


Established by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, the Congressional App Challenge encourages K-12 students to develop an innovative app. The competition is designed to expose students in your computer science class to the world of app development without necessarily requiring prior coding experience.  The First Congressional District will once again participate in the Congressional App Challenge, joining many other districts and thousands of students across the country in exposing students to the world of app development.
The App Challenge requires students to create an idea for an app or to code an app themselves and submit a 1-3 minute video showcasing the concept or functions of the app. The app may be for mobile, tablet, or other computing devices. Source code and prior coding experience are not required.
Students may begin the Challenge by signing up here. The submission deadline is noon on November 1, 2019. More information about eligibility, submission requirements, and the judging process are available below.

Events & Resources

My office in partnership with Congressman David Price (NC-04) will host the fourth annual Congressional App Challenge Jumpstarter on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at Fidelity Investments in Research Triangle Park for participating students. For more information and to RSVP, click here. Students will have the opportunity to connect with potential mentors and local STEM field leaders, learn more about the industry and future careers, and access resources for designing their app.

Online resources are already available - get started today!


  • Open to Middle School and High School age students that attend school or live in the Fourth Congressional District or First Congressional District.
  • Students are only eligible to compete once they have signed up for the Challenge at
  • Students may only compete in one district.
  • Students may compete as individuals or in teams of up to four. If competing as a team: at least two of the teammates must be eligible to compete within the district in which they are submitting.
  • There is no technical age minimum, but the App Challenge is intended for high school students. Recent High School graduates are not eligible to compete.

Submission Requirements

Students must submit their apps by noon on November 1, 2019. The app students create may cover any topic, but they must be original and appropriate.

To complete a submission, students must submit the following:

  1. Sign-up Form. Students must fill out a sign-up form so their eligibility can be verified on If students are competing as part of a team, the sign-up form must include the relevant information from each student
  2. App Information. Students will be asked to answer a series of questions including: title of the app, the coding language used, what they were trying to accomplish and why, an explanation of a difficulty they faced in programming and how it was overcome, and what improvements the students would make
  3. Demonstration Video. Students must create a 1 to no more than 3 minute video, post it on YouTube or Vimeo, and submit the link on the Congressional App Challenge submission form. The video must be set up to public view. Videos that are longer than 3 minutes will be penalized per the judges’ discretion. Past winners can be found here, as well as their videos for inspiration.
  4. Exit Questionnaire. The questionnaire will be emailed to students after final submission.

Judging & Past Winners

App Challenge submissions will be judged by a panel of local science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) leaders from industry and academia, and finalists will have the opportunity to pitch their app to a panel of judges at an event in November. All App Challenge participants, parents, teachers, and administrators will be invited to join me at this event, the details of which will be provided to participants upon submission of their app. The winners will also have their work displayed in the Capitol building and will be invited to a reception in Washington, D.C.!