After a nation-wide competition with over 2,000 apps submitted, the winners of the annual Congressional App Challenge have been named. This year, we saw 10,000 students from over 300 congressional districts use their technical skills to craft one of a kind apps.
The winners of this challenge were awarded a $250 Amazon Web Services gift card and have been invited to the annual #HouseOf Code Festival on Capitol Hill. This event will showcase each student’s winning applications and will provide lawmakers and the global tech community with the chance to interact with the next generation of domestic CS talent directly.
This year’s #HouseOfCode will be on Tuesday, March 24th in the US Capitol Complex. #HouseOfCode presents students with the opportunity to hear from current lawmakers, participate in a tour the Library of Congress, and demo their apps for their Representatives and the broader DC Tech community. RSVP details have been shared with all winners, parents, and teachers.
The student demonstrations will be held throughout the day on Tuesday, March 24th in the Rayburn House Office Building. The general public can RSVP to view these demonstrations here.
This year’s Congressional App Challenge was the most successful yet. Over 10,000 students registered to participate in this year’s competition, more than doubling the number of registrants from the 2018 Congressional App Challenge. This year’s students created 2,177 fully-functioning apps, with some congressional districts receiving over 50 applications. In total, 304 Members of Congress participated in the Congressional App Challenge. These districts spanned across 48 states, Puerto Rico, the Mariana Islands, and Washington, D.C..
In the five years of the Congressional App Challenge, thousands of functional apps have been created by over 25,000 students, and participant demographics surpass all industry diversity metrics.