The 2018 Congressional App Challenge is now accepting entries! I am once again pleased to have this opportunity to participate in this exciting competition which is open to all middle school and high school students in the 11th Congressional District of Virginia.

The Congressional App Challenge is a competition aimed at encouraging U.S. high school students to learn how to code by creating their own applications. The Challenge is intended to highlight the value of computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and encourage students to engage in these fields. By encouraging and recognizing our nation’s young programming talent, Congress hopes to shine a light on the growing importance of these skills.  For complete registration information and resources, please visit the Congressional App Challenge Website here.

Important Dates

  • Submissions will be accepted until October 15, 2018.
  • Winners will be announced in the fall.

Important Details and Required Submission Materials

  • Submissions may be from individuals from the 11th district.
  • Participants must register here before submitting their materials
  • Title of the app.
  • Coding language used.
  • Description of the issue the app tackles. (350 words)
  • What sort of challenges participants faced in creating the app? (1500 words)
  • What changes would participants make when constructing a second version of the app? (750 words)
  • Demonstration video (must be less than 3 minutes)

Winners will be chosen based on originality, app design, and quality of coding by independent judges. Additional information on the submission of an app and rules for the competition can be found here.  The competition is open to students of all abilities, if you have any interest we encourage you to check out our online resources. If you have questions please contact our District Director, Sharon Stark, at 703-256-3071 or

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