Congressional App Challenge Announces Partnership with the California Association of Black School Educators

Washington, D.C. – Today, the 2017 Congressional App Challenge (CAC) announced its partnership with the California Association of Black School Educators (CABSE), a non-partisan  organization  that represents Black  elected and appointed officials and administrators from school districts and county offices of education throughout California. CABSE is committed to expanding opportunities available to all students in California, with an emphasis on the underrepresented and under-served Black students.

The Congressional App Challenge is able to reach to a diverse set of youth thanks to partners like  CABSE. We are both committed to bridging the access gap across the Golden State, and the rest of America.”

Rachel Décoste, Director, Congressional App Challenge

This year, Rep. Barragán is hosting the Congressional App Challenge.

The Congressional App Challenge is a great opportunity for young people to get involved with technology and fosters creativity.  Encouraging all our children to learn how to code is one of the best ways we can prepare them for the jobs of the future.  I’m proud schools in my district are participating.

– Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán

Together, the Congressional App Challenge and CABSE aim to increase the number of Congressional App Challenge participants in California, and bring awareness to CABSE members. Through this partnership,  CAC and CABSE aim to strengthen student competency and lifelong success.

A partnership with the Congressional App Challenges energizes our efforts to help ensure that our children are prepared for, and leaders of, technology developments over the next twenty years. CAC embraces the notions of, and connects our children and families to, a technology-rich future where both competence in science and technology and youthful innovation pave the way for a more robust engagement by Black students in the emerging technologies that will characterize the science, technology and computer landscape for the next twenty five years.”

Micah Ali, President, CABSE

Twenty-seven California Members of U.S. Congress are hosting district-wide App Challenges this year. Students in high school or below have until November 1, 2017 to submit an app on

About the Congressional App Challenge

The CAC is a congressional initiative, managed by the Internet Education Foundation [IEF], a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. In the first 2 years of the program yielded 239 challenges across 33 states. Over 1,150 apps have been created by nearly 4,000 students, and participant demographics surpassed all industry diversity metrics, including underrepresented minorities.


For more information contact:

Congressional App Challenge

California Association of Black School Educators