Doyle Announces Congressional App Challenge

Pittsburgh, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Doyle announced that Pennsylvania’s 14th Congressional District would participate in the Congressional App Challenge. This competition is held in many congressional districts throughout the country as a chance for students to create their own apps for mobile, tablet, or computer devices and to receive feedback from leading experts in the field.
“The Congressional App Challenge is a great way for Congress to get kids interested in computer programming – and possibly in technology-related careers,” Congressman Doyle noted in announcing the competition. “That’s good for them, and it’s good for our economy, which will depend more and more on such skills in the coming years.”
Students are required to enter by November 1, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. EST. Students K-12 are welcome to register individually or in teams of up to four individuals. At least two of the team members must reside or go to school in PA-14, but please note that students may only register in one congressional district. If you are uncertain whether you reside or attend school in PA-14, 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, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. EST. Apps must be original and must have been created within one year of the closing date. Apps will be evaluated based on creativity, implementation, demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills, and the student’s quality of question answers. Students must submit a summary as well as a YouTube or VIMEO video describing their app and their learning process throughout the competition. Students may also be asked to submit their source code on a case-by-case basis. A panel of judges from prominent tech programs in PA-14 will evaluate these apps and select our winner.
Apps will be judged throughout November and the winning app will be announced in early December. There will be one winner, individual or team, selected from PA-14. 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 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.
Additional information about the Congressional App Challenge will be posted on Twitter with the hashtag #HouseofCode. 
The contact person in Congressman Doyle’s office for any questions about the Challenge is Natalie Young. She can be reached at: or (202) 225-2135.