Congressional App Challenge

House App Contest LogoThe Congressional App Challenge (CAC) was created to encourage student participation in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Students across the country are invited to participate, with new challenges posed each year. In 2015, participating individuals or teams of up to four students are asked to develop a working app on a platform of their choice. These apps will be judged by a panel of Rhode Island technology professionals and will be evaluated based on concept, implementation and impact.

The CAC is open to all high school students over the age of 13 in the 2nd District. I will recognize the winning app’s developer(s) at a district awards presentation, and the app will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives website. There will also be a display in the U.S. Capitol to honor all of the district-level winners.

Interested students must register online with my office AND with More information is available about the contest in our Frequently Asked Questions. Please also review the Offical Contest Rules.

Important dates for the 2015-16 Congressional App Challenge

  • November 9, 2015: Registration opens
  • January 15, 2016: All submissions are due by midnight
  • Late January 2016: Judges consider submissions
  • Early February 2016: Winners notified and promoted on

Contest entry requirements

  • Entry form (submitted through
  • Demonstration video of their app, no longer than two minutes (submitted through
  • Developer video, no longer than one minute, in which participant describes how they created the app and what they learned (submitted through
  • Source code for the app (submission process TBD)

App development resources for students