The Congressional App Challenge is a nation-wide competition designed to engage student creativity and promote their participation in computer science and coding. Established by the US House of Representatives in 2014, this 14-week competition allows students to create and submit their own app for the opportunity to receive nationwide recognition. Students may participate as individuals or in teams of up to four. Winners of the Congressional App Challenge (CAC) will have their apps featured on a display in the Capitol Building, and will be honored by Representative Royce.
A panel of independent judges will determine the winning team of the competition. Judging is based on factors including quality of the application's operations, implementation of the application's concept, and demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills.
This year, awards will be distributed to the top Apps in the following categories: Education, Entertainment, Games, Health & Fitness, News, Photo & Video, and Productivity.
Questions regarding the 2017 Congressional App Challenge can be directed to Stephanie Hu of Rep. Royce's staff at Stephanie.Hu@mail.house.gov or (626) 964-5123
Click here to print off the informational flyer including submission rules and guidelines.
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Highlights from the 2016 Congressional App Challenge:
Rep. Royce was selected as the national Co-Chair of the Congressional App Challenge for 2016. The 2016 Challenge for California's 39th Congressional District took place from July 18, 2016, to November 2, 2016.
The 2016 Congressional App Challenge first place winners were: Christopher Jhaveri, Christopher Leung, Jason Kwan, and Santiago Torres of the La Puente Valley Regional Occupational Program at Los Altos High School. The winning students created Election Connection, a mobile application designed to educate voters on candidates' political positions.
Click on the video below to watch the creators of Election Connection discuss their winning App as it was displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building alongside winning submissions from around the country.
Rep. Royce made his announcement during the competition's Exhibit and Awards Ceremony at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.
Second place was awarded to Troy High School's Neil Prajapati for his app "AntiStipulator" and Ayala High School's Noah Allen, Justin Harsono, Jeffrey Hsu, and Ramakrishna Senthil for their app "TuteeMe."
Third place was awarded to Los Altos High School's Aum Brahmbhatt, Tiffany Liao, and Breeze Hernandez for their app "BrainTrain."
"I enthusiastically chaired the Congressional App Challenge this year because its mission aligns with my priorities: promoting STEM education in our schools and encouraging students to pursue technology-related interests. Congratulations to Los Altos High School and all of the participating teams. I can't wait to see what the future holds for all of the talented competitors," said Rep. Royce.
"As national Co-Chair of the Congressional App Challenge, Congressman Royce has led the charge in promoting STEM and computer coding education in our schools. Over 2100 students creating 650 apps participated in this year's Challenge, a 20% jump from last year," said Melissa Medina, Congressional Affairs Director for the Congressional App Challenge.