Thank you for volunteering to serve as a judge for the Congressional App Challenge. Below, please find resources you may need to judge the Submissions:

  • By signing up to volunteer as a judge, you will be asked to review the entries submitted into the Congressional App Challenge. Depending on the Congressional office, some may choose to do remote judging while others may have an in person judging event. Please confirm with your the Congressional office for the method of judging.

    Once the App Challenge submission period ends, the Congressional staff in charge of the App Challenge will have the submission for your to review. You will be asked to

    1. watch Demonstration Videos submitted by the students, explaining their app. These videos should be no longer than 3 minutes each.
    2. review short answer questions (i.e. What technical challenge did you face and how did you solve it?)
    3. judge the entries based on a rubric (example) that will be provided to you.
    • June 26 – October 15: Congressional App Challenge Submission Period
    • Oct. 20 (or sooner): Offices will send judges an excel sheet with student submissions
    • Oct. 21 – 26: Judging Period
    • Oct 26: Deadline to return your evaluations to the Congressional office
  • You can download the 2017  sample judging rubric.

    The judging criteria are relatively open-ended. This is intentional; students in the 200+ districts participating in 45+ states across the country will have vastly different levels of experience, resources and support. For that reason, we entrust our judges with the responsibility of evaluating submissions as compared to those submitted by their peers, rather than according to a strict, one-size-fits-all rubric.

IMPORTANT: If you have been recruited directly by a Member of Congress to judge their specific competition, DO NOT fill out this