Congressional App Challenge

Calling all middle and high school innovators in Minnesota's Second Congressional District! We want you to design an innovative app for the Congressional App Challenge.

The Congressional App Challenge was started in Congress in 2015 and provides students with the opportunity to showcase their talents in tech and coding while highlighting the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in our schools. MN-02’s winner will have their app featured on the Congressional App Challenge website, displayed in the U.S. Capitol, and be invited to #HouseOfCode, a national computer science event held in Washington DC which will be postponed and/or replaced with a separate event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Am I eligible to compete?

  • The Congressional App Challenge is open to all middle and high school students living or attending school in Minnesota’s Second Congressional District

  • Students may compete individually or in teams of up to four

  • Students must be in middle or high school at the time of app submission

  • Students may compete in the district they reside or in the district they attend school

  • If competing as a team, at least two of the students must be eligible in the district in which they are participating

  • More information here.

What comes next?

App Challenge Timeline

  • Register online now

  • Submit your app and supporting materials by October 19, 2020

  • Winners are announced in December, 2020

What should I create? 

Your app can be about any topic, for any platform, and in any programming language. Click here for a list of previous winners from across the nation, and read the full rules and instructions here. 

How do I register? 

Once you have an idea and your final list of teammates if you plan to compete as a team, you can register online here to reserve your space. Once you are registered, lookout for an email about how to submit your final app and other important details.

Still have questions?

Consult the Congressional App Challenge website 

Tune unto the Back to School Webinar Series, the first one is detailed below

Back to School Webinar Series:

The App Challenge Team is working hard to prepare for our first webinar on August 20th, the kick-off to our Back To School Webinar series. This series of webinars, hosted in conjunction with supporters of the program, will provide free training and mentorship opportunities for all students. The first webinar is titled Building Great Apps with Apple and is being presented in coordination with Apple Education. It's scheduled for August 20th at 5:00 pm EDT / 2:00 pm PDT.