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 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.


Cathy Ammirati
STEM Diversity Outreach Manager at Micron Foundation
STEM Educator with a passion to bring STEM experiences to all students, especially those that don't have access. Worked in Tech for 15 years, and now creating events to inspire every student to consider STEM for their future.
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Dan Puga
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Beth Wineke
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Brad Wiskirchen
CEO of Kount Inc.

Bradley J. Wiskirchen is the founding CEO at Kount—which is the premier fraud prevention solution for card-not present transactions. Kount protects many of the world’s largest card-not-present merchants, and some of the largest acquiring banks and payment platforms. Kount is owned by CVC Capital Partners and Keynetics Inc. Among his many other community involvements, Wiskirchen was the Chairman of the Board of the Salt Lake City Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco in 2014 and 2015. He was a member of the board for three years prior to serving as the Chairman. He currently serves on the High-Level Advisory Group of the International Monetary Fund’s Interdepartmental Working Group on Finance and Technology.

He was awarded a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame, and a B.A. from Brigham Young University.

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