The Congressional App Challenge Announces New Partnership with Deaf Kids Code

The Congressional App Challenge is excited to announce our partnership with Deaf Kids Code, a nationwide non-profit organization that promotes technology, design thinking, and computer science skills to children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Shireen Hafeez, the founder of Deaf Kids Code, traveled to Washington D.C. to formally announce the partnership.

Deaf Kids Code founder Shireen Hafeez meets with Congressional App Challenge director Joseph Alessi at the U.S. Capitol on August 22nd, 2019.


The Congressional App Challenge is a Congressional initiative whose mission is to inspire, include, and innovate efforts around STEM, coding, and computer science education. The project invites students to create and submit their original apps for a chance to win the Congressional App Challenge.

The Congressional App Challenge aims to build a diverse pipeline of computer science talent in every corner of America, and Deaf Kids Code is a national leader in empowering deaf and hard of hearing students through the universal language of coding.

Students interested in participating in this year’s Congressional App Challenge can register now at Students can find a full list of suggested resources from the Congressional App Challenge here.

Additional resources suggested by Deaf Kids Code can be found here:

The deadline to apply for this year\’s Congressional App Challenge is November 1st, 2019.

A special thank you to TCS Interpreting for assisting with our launch video. You can learn more about TCS Interpreting at