Doyle Announces Congressional App Challenge

Aug 3, 2018

Washington, DC – August 3, 2018 – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Doyle announced that Pennsylvania’s 14th Congressional District is participating in the 2018 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 to receive feedback from leading experts in the field.

“The Congressional App Challenge invites middle and high school students to develop their coding skills and discover their potential in the growing tech industry,” Congressman Doyle said in announcing the competition. “I hope our students take this opportunity to use their great ideas to create the next best app.”

Registration

The Congressional App Challenge is open to all middle and high school students residing or attending school in PA-14. 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-14, please visit the House of Representatives website.

Students are required to enter by September 10, 2018. In order to register, students should visit the Congressional App Challenge website and submit a registration form.

Participation

Entries must be submitted by the closing date, October 15, 2018. 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-14 will evaluate these apps and select the winner.

Prizes

Apps will be judged throughout October and November, and the winning app will be announced during Computer Science Education Week, December 3-7, 2018.

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.

If you have any questions, please contact Natalie Young in the Washington DC office at natalie.young@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-2135.