Doyle Announces 2019 Congressional App Challenge

July 9, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – July 10, 2019 - Today, U.S. Representative Mike Doyle announced that Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District is participating in the 2019 Congressional App Challenge. This competition is held in many Congressional districts throughout the country as an opportunity for middle school and high school students to create their own apps for computer and digital systems.

“The Congressional App Challenge encourages students to pursue their interests in coding and develop real skills that help them to succeed,” said Congressman Doyle. “As the tech industry continues to grow, it’s important that the next generation takes on a challenge like this and discovers its potential. I’m looking forward to seeing this year’s greatest app in PA-18!”


The Congressional App Challenge is open to all middle and high school students residing or attending school in PA-18. Students are welcome to register individually or in teams of up to four individuals, but please note that students may only register in one congressional district. If you are uncertain whether you reside or attend school in PA-18, please visit the House of Representatives website.

In order to register, students should visit the Congressional App Challenge website and submit a registration form.


Entries must be submitted by the closing date, November 1, 2019. Apps must be original and must have been created within one year of the closing date. Apps will be evaluated based on demonstrated excellence of computer programming skills, quality and creativity of idea, and implementation of idea.

Students must submit a summary as well as a YouTube or VIMEO video describing their app and their learning process throughout the competition. A panel of judges from prominent tech programs in PA-18 will evaluate these apps and select the winner.


The winning app will be announced during Computer Science Education Week, December 9-15, 2019. There will be one winner, individual or team, selected from PA-18.

The winning app will be displayed in the United States Capitol and shown on the United States House of Representatives website. The winner will be invited to the House of Code Demo Day Reception in Washington, D.C., but please note that the winner will be responsible for their transportation and other expenses. All participants will be invited to a reception in Pittsburgh after the closing date. Additional prizes will be announced throughout the competition.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Natalie Young in my office at (202) 225-2135 or