Congressional App Challenge underway for area students

The Congressional App Challenge – an annual competition for middle and high school students to develop their coding skills – recently launched its 2019 edition.

According to the Internet Education Foundation, the competition’s official sponsor, more than 250 members of Congress are registered for the challenge. More than 1,400 students have coded more than 4,000 apps over the first few years of the App Challenge, the Foundation said.

“The Congressional App Challenge is the largest series of student coding competitions in the world,” said Tim Lordan, Executive Director of the Internet Education Foundation.

To be eligible, participants must be in middle or high school at the time of submission. Any programming language and any platform – including PC, mobile, tablet, robot, or web-based – can be used for the app development.

November 1, 2019 is the deadline for registration and app submission. As part of the submission process, participants must record a one to three minute demonstration video.

To encourage collaboration and skills development in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, students can work individually or in teams of up to four.

Local representatives, Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17: which includes Cupertino, Santa Clara, and parts of Sunnyvale and San Jose) and Rep. Anna Eshoo (CA-18: which includes Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, Campbell, and Los Gatos) are both participating in the challenge. Students may submit in the Congressional district either where they reside or where they go to school.

Congressional offices will announce winners in early December.

To register for the Congressional App Challenge, click here.

To view the rules for the 2019 edition of the Congressional App Challenge, click here.