Congressman Russ Fulcher is proud to announce the winner and runner up of the 2019 Congressional App Challenge! The students of the 1st Congressional District used coding languages such as Swift, Python, and Javascript to create powerful, creative applications.

The winners are below! Congratulations to Devin Vander Stelt and Shanti Mickens.


1st Place: "Chatter", by Devin Vander Stelt

Runner-up: "Shatter", by Shanti Mickens


About the Congressional App Challenge

Officially launched in 2015, this competition is a nationwide event intended to engage students’ creativity and encourage their participation in STEM fields. This competition allows students to compete with peers in their own district by creating and exhibiting their software application (also known as an “app”) for web, PC, tablet, mobile, raspberry Pi, or another platform of their choice. We accept any programming language, such as C, C++, Java, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, "block code", etc.


  • Winning apps are eligible to be displayed in the US Capitol Building and featured on the House of Representatives’ website,
  • Winning students are invited to #HouseofCode Capitol Hill Reception in Washington D.C.
  • $250 per winner in Amazon Web Services credits to further an app development career!

For Educators

If you are interested in participating in the 2020 Congressional App Challenge, please contact Jackie Phillips in the Meridian office.

The CAC is an amazing opportunity for any computer science class and will commence in September of 2020. Information packets will be mailed to all schools in Idaho's First District in early April. Please call at (208)-888-3188 or email at to request an information packet.