I am pleased to announce that my office is hosting the 2023 Congressional App Challenge (CAC), a competition designed to encourage student participation in computer science and coding.

Officially launched by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2015, this nationwide effort allows students to compete against their peers by creating an application or “app,” for desktop/PC, web, tablet, mobile, or other devices. The winner from the 24th Congressional District, chosen by a panel of expert judges, will be featured on the Congressional App Challenge website, and the winning app will also be eligible to be on display in the U.S. Capitol, honoring the winners from across the country.

The Congressional App Challenge is open to all middle and high school students in California’s 24th Congressional District. Students entering the competition must submit their app to CongressionalAppChallenge.us by Nov 1, 2023. 

How To Apply:

Submission Requirements:

1. Students may submit their apps any time between June 15 and November 1, 2023. Students are encouraged to register online for the competition at CongressionalAppChallenge.us by Sept. 10 before submitting their app for the November 1 deadline.

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

3. The app students create may cover any topic or theme--there are no limits! However, they may they must:

      o Be original and appropriate.
      o Have been created within the calendar year prior to the Challenge closing date (i.e. after Nov. 1, 2023)

4. To complete a submission, students must submit the following:

Sign-up Form. Students must fill out a sign-up form so their eligibility can be verified.
If students are competing as part of a team, the sign-up form must include the relevant information from each student.
App Information. Students will be asked to answer a series of questions including:

  • Title of the app
  • The coding language used
  • What inspired you to create this app
  • What they were trying to accomplish and why
  • An explanation of a difficulty they faced in programming the app and how it was overcome

      o Demonstration Video

  • Students must create a 1-3 minute video, post it on YouTube or Vimeo, and submit the link on the Congressional App Challenge submission form. The video must be set up to public view. Videos that are longer than 3 minutes will be penalized per the judges’ discretion.

      o Exit Questionnaire

  • The exit questionnaire will be emailed to all students following the submission of their app.

See complete 2022 CAC Rules here

For more information, please visit the official Congressional App Challenge website at CongressionalAppChallenge.us, email StudentSupport@CongressionalAppChallenge.us, or contact the Santa Barbara District Office at (805) 730-1710.

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