The Congressional App Challenge is a competition aimed at encouraging middle and high school students to learn how to code by creating their own applications.

The House of Representatives knows how crucial STEM skills are and wants to encourage students to engage in these fields. Our nation is full of young programming talent, and Congress hopes to shine a light on the growing importance of these skills.

This is especially critical here in the State of Idaho as we equip our students today with the tools they need for tomorrow. Idaho was ranked 5th in the nation in high tech growth in 2017 and continues to follow that upward trend (CompTIA). The Idaho Department of Labor has projected that in the next decade, computer programmers will be as in demand as nurses are today. (Idaho Department of Labor)

The winner from the 1st Congressional District, chosen by a panel of expert judges, will be featured on CongressionalAppChallenge.us. The winning app will also be eligible to be on display in the U.S. Capitol, honoring the winners from across the country.

Students are encouraged to register online by September 10th before submitting their app by November 1st.

If you are a tech professional and are interested in judging this year’s Congressional App Challenge, please fill out this form.