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Congressional App Challenge

Each year, I have the honor of hosting a district-wide Congressional App Challenge (CAC) for middle school and high school students.  This competition encourages participants to learn to code and looks to inspire them to pursue careers in computer science.

Students across TX-24 can create and submit their original apps for a chance to win the Congressional App Challenge (CAC).  Each challenge is district-specific.  I will publicly recognize our winning teams and each winning app will be digitally displayed in the United States Capitol Building for one year.  To find your federal Representative, please click here.

Apps coded after October 19th, 2020 will be eligible for the 2021 Congressional App Challenge.  


Eligibility and Age Division

  • Participants must be a middle or high school student at the time of app submission;
  • Students may register as individuals or as teams of up to four. No more than 4 students are allowed to form a team;
  • Students may compete in the district they reside in or the district they attend school in;
  • If competing as a team, at least two of the teammates must be eligible to compete in the district in which they are participating in.

App Parameters

  • Topic: The app can be about any topic.
  • Platform: The app can be on any platform (web app, desktop/PC app, a web
    browser extension, robot, Ruby on Rails, mobile, etc).
  • Programming Language: Use any programming language: C/C++, Objective
    C, C#, Java, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, PHP, Swift, “block code”, etc.
  • Functionality: The app must have some degree of functionality to be
    competitive.
  • Content Suitability: The app cannot be indecent, defamatory, in obvious bad
    taste, demonstrate a lack of respect for public morals or conduct, adversely affect
    the reputation of Congressional districts, or depict hatred, defame, or threaten a
    specific community in the society or incite violence. Contain pornography,
    obscenity or sexual activity are prohibited. The app must not violate the
    Intellectual Property, common law or privacy rights of other parties.
  • Originality: The app must be original and solely owned by the Contestant such
    that no other party has any rights or interest, whether known or unknown.

To register for the competition, please click here and follow the instructions provided.  

Deadline to register and submit your app is 12 pm EST on November 1, 2021.

The winning app for this Congressional District is eligible to be displayed in the United States Capitol and featured on the House of Representatives website. Winning students will also be invited to the #HouseofCode Capitol Hill Reception in Washington, D.C.

If you would like more information on the 2021 Congressional App Challenge please review the complete rulebook here.

If you have questions regarding the Congressional App Challenge, please contact Rachel Garcia.