Congressman Mark DeSaulnier Announces the 2017 Congressional App Challenge for High School Students

Mark DeSaulnier-CA11

The announcement from Congressman DeSaulnier’s Office:

I am pleased to announce the kick off of the 2017 Congressional App Challenge, a national competition open to high school students. Each year, I am continually impressed by the talent and ingenuity of our young programmers, and this is a chance to showcase their creativity. 

The challenge will run from July 26, 2017 to November 1, 2017. All eligible high school students who live or attend school in California’s 11th Congressional District are invited to design, create, and submit their own software application for any platform (mobile, web, desktop, etc.).

Below is a summary of the Congressional App Challenge Rules: 

  • Students may compete as individuals or in teams of up to four.
  • Submissions must be original, and created within one calendar year of the closing of the submission period.
  • Students entering the competition must submit a short video demonstration explaining their app and a completed questionnaire online by 12:00 p.m. EST on November 1, 2017.
  • More information about the rules and submission process are available here.

Submissions will be judged by a panel of local judges who work within the academic, software, and entrepreneurial fields. The winning app will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol exhibit and featured on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website

Established in 2013 by Members of Congress, this competition is intended to engage students’ creativity and encourage participation in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. By recognizing our nation’s young programming talent, we hope to highlight the growing importance of these skills to the future of our country. 

I hope that you or someone you know will consider participating in this exciting challenge. To join the competition or for more information, please click here. Should you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact my district office at 925-933-2660.



Mark DeSaulnier
Member of Congress

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