The Full Rules

These rules are subject to change, and will be updated as necessary.

  • Students may begin working on their apps as soon as they like, but the “Competition Submission Period” will start at 12:00 PM (noon) Eastern Standard Time (“EST”), NOVEMBER 9, 2015 and be closed at 12:00 AM (midnight) Eastern Standard Time (“EST”) JANUARY 21ST, 2016.

     

    The Judging Period will last from JANUARY 22ND, 2016 through FEBRUARY 12TH, 2016. Winners will be announced on or around FEBRUARY 22ND, 2016

  • Summary of How to Enter:

    1. Check your eligibility
    2. Register on Challenge.gov
    3. Make sure you’re on the right challenge page
    4. Fill out this form with your contact information
    5. CREATE YOUR APP!
    6. Submit your app and a demonstration video explaining what it does
    7. Fill out the exit questionnaire.

     

    Step 1: Check Your Eligibility

    To be eligible to participate in the Congressional App Challenge, you must fulfill the following requirements:

    • You must reside or attend school in a district with a participating Representative.
    • You must be 13 years of age by or on November 9, 2015.
    • You must be eligible to attend high school in the district in which you’re competing. (If you attend school in a different district than the one in which you reside, you may compete in either district, but you may only submit an app in one district.)
    • If you are competing in a team: at least two of the students in your team must reside or attend high school in the district in which you are competing.

     

    Step 2: Register on Challenge.gov

    Challenge.gov is the platform that hosts our app submissions. Though you can see all the challenges that are posted on Challenge.gov without registering, you must actually register in order to submit your own app. The registration process should only take 2 or 3 minutes.

     

    Step 3: Make sure you’re on the right District’s Challenge page

    Every Member of Congress has their own unique Challenge page, and you need to make sure to find the correct one. You can double-check what district you live in, here.

    Once you’ve registered on Challenge.gov, you can search for your District’s Challenge in the search bar on the top right of the website window. Make sure you’re on the correct page!

     

    Step 4: Submit Contact Information

    Please fill out this form with your name and contact information. The Internet Education Foundation will use this information to make sure that you are eligible and that you are competing in the correct District. It should take no more than 2 minutes.

     

    Step 5: CREATE!

    Once you’re all signed up, you can move ahead with creating your app!

    You must also create a 1-4 minute Demonstration Video, outlining:

    • What your app does;
    • What tools you used to create your app; and
    • How your app works;

    Please note that your entry may be judged in its entirety based on this video. It is important to demonstrate the scope and quality of your application in this video. The video should be no more than four minutes in length.

     

    Step 6: Submit Your App and Demonstration Video

    Once your app is done, you can submit it on your district’s page on challenge.gov. You can submit your app any time from November 9th, 2015 until midnight EST, January 21, 2016.

     

    Step 7: Fill out the exit form on CongressionalAppChallenge.US

    After you’ve submitted your app on challenge.gov, we will email you a final questionnaire. You must fill out this questionnaire for your app to be evaluated; it’s the final step required for your submission to be complete.

     

  • To be eligible to participate in the Congressional App Challenge, you must fulfill the following requirements:

    • You must either reside or attend school in the district in which you want to compete.
    • The district in which you want to compete must have a participating Representative.
    • If you attend school in a different district than the one in which you reside, you may compete in either district, but you may only submit an app in one district.
    • You must be 13 years of age by or on November 9, 2015.
    • If you are competing in a team: at least two of the students in your team must reside or attend high school in the district in which you are competing.
  • By entering, you agree to the following conditions and release: Each Contestant agrees to comply with and be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Administrators, and/or the Competition judges which are binding and final in all matters relating to this Competition.

     

  • Except where prohibited, participation in the Competition constitutes winners’ consent to Administrators’ and their agents’ use of winner’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions and/or hometown and state for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration.

     

    Contestants will own the intellectual property rights to their Submission, but will grant to Congress and Administrator a royalty free license to, without limitation:

    • post the Submissions online;
    • Make the winning apps available for presentation for the course of the Competition and 12 months after the conclusion of the Competition Submission Period; and
    • utilize the Submissions for noncommercial purposes for a period of 12 months after the conclusion of the Competition Submission Period
    1. Administrators reserve the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Competition, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Administrator’s reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Competition, as determined by Administrators in their sole discretion. Administrators reserve the right in their sole discretion to disqualify any individual or Competitor they find to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Competition or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner.
    2. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Competition may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Administrators reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Administrators’ failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.
  •  The Administrators are not responsible for:

    1. Any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Competition;
    2. Technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software;
    3. Unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Competition;
    4. Technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Competition or the processing of entries; or
    5. Any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Competition or receipt or use or misuse of any prize.

     

    If for any reason an entrant’s Submission is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, entrant’s sole remedy is to provide another Submission.

  • Administrators collect personal information from you when you enter the Competition. The information collected is subject to the privacy policies located at http://challengepost.com/privacy and http://www.house.gov/content/site_tools/privacy_policy.php

  • For results of the competition check CongressionalAppChallenge.us on or about February 22, 2016.

  • (1) Committee on House Administration, 1309 Longworth House Office Building, Washington DC 20515; and

    (2) The Internet Education Foundation, 1634 I St. NW #1101, Washington, DC, 2002