Amazon Web Services donates $100,000 in prizes to student winners in the Congressional App Challenge


Amazon Web Services (AWS) will provide over $100,000 worth of AWS credits to Congressional App Challenge winners

Washington, D.C. – The 2018 Congressional App Challenge today announced it is teaming up with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), a leading cloud computing services company. AWS will provide $250 in AWS promotional credits to each of the student winners of the 2018 Congressional App Challenge to use for AWS Cloud computing services. These credits provide students with access to the renowned tech platform, giving them hands-on experience to further their coding education.

“AWS Educate is honored to contribute to the 2018 Congressional App Challenge and support the builders of tomorrow,” said Ken Eisner, Senior Manager, Worldwide Education Programs and Global Lead, AWS Educate at Amazon Web Services, Inc. “We’ve been impressed by the outpouring of creativity, coding ability, and public spirit from diverse student populations across the U.S. in past years, and know that these young entrepreneurs will raise the bar even higher in 2018.”

“Members of Congress encourage their young constituents to learn the tech skills which will be required for the jobs of the future. The cloud service credits AWS is generously providing to winners will give students an extra resource that complements their computer programming skills,” said Rachel Décoste, Executive Director of the Congressional App Challenge. “We’re incredibly grateful to AWS for their dedication to computer science education.

Together, the Congressional App Challenge along with its collaborators such as AWS, are creating opportunities for students all over the country. The 2018 Challenge is open to all students in participating districts, who have not yet graduated from high school. App Submissions are due on October 15, 2018. For the full list of participating districts and more details, visit

About the Congressional App Challenge
The CAC is an initiative of the U.S. House of Representatives, where Members of Congress host contests in their districts for middle school and high school students, encouraging them to learn to code and inspiring them to pursue careers in computer science. The non-profit Internet Education Foundation provides the CAC with supplemental staffing and support. In the first three years of the Congressional App Challenge, the program has yielded 605 App Challenges across 42 states. Over 2,400 functional apps have been created by over 10,000 students, and  participant demographics surpass all industry diversity metrics.