Representative G. K. Butterfield

Representing the 1st District of North Carolina


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, 2017. More information about eligibility, submission requirements, and the judging process are available below.

Events & Resources

My office will host an Idea Hackathon on Saturday, October 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 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!


  • Students may work individually, or in teams of up to four.

  • Students must be in high school or below. there is no minimum age requirement.

  • The student, or two of the students in a team, must live OR attend school within the 1st District.


The deadline for submission is noon on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.  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. If students are competing as part of a team, the sign-up form must include the relevant information from each student.

  2. Demonstration Video. Students must create a 1-3 minute video, post it on YouTube or Vimeo, and submit the link to the video on the Congressional App Challenge submission form. The video must be set up to public view. Videos that are longer than three minutes will be penalized per the judges’ discretion.  Examples of past submissions can be found here.

  3. App InformationStudents will be asked to answer a series of questions including: title of the app, the coding language used (if any), what they were trying to accomplish and why, an explanation of a difficulty they faced in the process and how it was overcome, and what improvements the students would make.

Judging & Past Winners

Entries will be judged by a panel of local experts and STEM business leaders. The winning student or team of students will be announced at an awards ceremony in November, and will have the opportunity to present their app on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Furthermore, the winning app will be displayed at the U.S. Capitol Building.