Getting Started





If you’re a student interested in participating in the 2015 Congressional App Challenge, this page will give you all the information you need to  started:

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 can see which district you live in here, and you can check which districts are participating, here.)
  • 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.

If your district isn’t participating, don’t worry! All you have to do is send your Representative a letter requesting that they sign up. You can find templates to send your Representative here.


Step 2: Register on is the platform that hosts our app submissions. Though you can see all the challenges that are posted on 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: Find your District’s Challenge and Submit Contact Information

Once you’ve registered on, you can search for your District’s Challenge in the search bar on the top right of the window.

All the Congressional App Challenges with be titled in the following way:

Congressional App Challenge – [State]-[District #] – Rep. [Representatives last name]

So, for example, if you live in Brooklyn, you live in the 8th Congressional District of New York. You could search “NY-08” in the search box on, and you would find:

Congressional App Challenge – NY-08 – Rep. Jeffries

You can also find your representative’s page through our Participating Districts list.

Your Representative’s page is where you’ll find all the additional details about your District Challenge and where you will submit your app when it’s ready. On this page, you will also find a link where you can submit your contact information. This information is required in order to verify your eligibility.

Remember, you can find what district you live in, here.


Step 4: CREATE!

Once you’re all signed up, you can move ahead with creating your app! The specific details about what type of apps you can create can be found on your district’s page. If you want some help getting started, you can check out our resources page, here.

The sky is the limit in what kind of app you create.


Step 5: Submit Your App

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

The judging period will last from January 21 – February 15, 2016. After that, the winners will be announced, and honored by their Member of Congress. Winners will have their apps featured on a display in the Capitol Building as well as on the Congressional App Challenge website.


Step 6: Fill out the exit form on CongressionalAppChallenge.US

After you’ve submitted your app on, we’ll email you a final questionnaire. This brief questionnaire is the final step required for your submission to be complete.


Important note: We collect information from you to verify that you’re eligible to participate, and to understand what type of students are participating. We will never sell or rent this information.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Rhianon Anderson at [email protected]