Congressional App Challenge 2014

By Renee Dopplick, ACM Director of Public Policy
February 5, 2014

The first annual Congressional App Challenge, established by the U.S. House of Representatives, invites high school students to use their programming and other computer science knowledge and skills to develop innovative software programs for mobile devices, tablets, computers, or cloud-computing platforms. Winning entries will be showcased by Congress. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2014.

Modeled after the annual Congressional Art Competition, this new competition aims to engage and empower more students in computer science and other STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects. The U.S. House of Representatives voted 411-3 last year to create an annual Congressional Academic Competition, with this app challenge becoming the inaugural competition.

In addition to the software program, each student must submit a short video demonstrating the app and describing briefly what he or she learned when designing, coding, and testing the app.

The rules state that entries will be judged based on the following three criteria:
1. Quality of the idea (including creativity and originality)
2. Implementation of the idea (including user experience and design)
3. Demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills

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