Amazon Web Services donates $50,000 in prizes to student winners in the Congressional App Challenge
Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) will provide more than $50,000 worth of AWS credits to the winners of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge.
Washington, D.C. – The 2020 Congressional App Challenge today announced it is teaming up with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) to provide $100 in promotional credits to each of the student winners of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge. These credits allow access to the AWS Cloud, giving each student a hands-on experience to further their coding education.
AWS Educate has collaborated with the Congressional App Challenge since 2016 to help build a diverse pipeline of computer science talent in every corner of the nation. As a global initiative, AWS Educate is in a unique position to provide winners with an opportunity to accelerate their STEM and computer science journey on AWS, which is used by millions of customers across the world.
This contribution is part of a larger AWS Educate effort to provide computer science opportunities to both underserved communities and communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. In part of its COVID-19 response, AWS is providing tools to support remote learning and teaching. This includes providing customers in the most affected regions with technical support, offerings and AWS Promotional Credit to help educators deploy remote learning around the world.
All told, 308 Members of Congress hosted Congressional App Challenges in their districts across 49 states, Puerto Rico, the Mariana Islands, and Washington, DC. Thousands of students registered for the 2020 Congressional App Challenge, marking an extremely successful Congressional App Challenge amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2021 Congressional App Challenge will launch in June.
About the Congressional App Challenge
The CAC is an initiative of the U.S. House of Representatives, where Members of Congress host competitions 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 Internet Education Foundation provides the CAC with supplemental support. In the six years of the Congressional App Challenge, thousands of functional apps have been created by over 30,000 students, and participant demographics surpass all industry diversity metrics.