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App Challenge

All middle and high school students living or attending school in Minnesota's Third District are invited to participate in the Congressional App Challenge.

Launched by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2015, the Congressional App Challenge is designed to highlight the value of computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education. The winner from the Third Congressional District will be featured on the Congressional App Challenge website, displayed in the U.S. Capitol, be invited to #HouseOfCode, a national computer science event held in Washington DC, and win additional prizes to be announced.

2019 Congressional App Challenge Winners

Who is eligible to compete?

  • The Congressional App Challenge is open to all middle and high school students living or attending school in Minnesota‚Äôs Third Congressional District
  • Students may compete individually or in teams of 2-4
  • To be eligible, you must be a middle or high school student 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 teammates must be eligible to compete in the district in which they are participating

What should I create? 

The sky is the limit! 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 full rules and instructions here. Submissions will be judged by a panel of experts on the following criteria: quality of the idea, including creativity and originality; implementation of the idea, including user experience and design; and demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills.

How do I register? 

Once you have an idea and establish whether you will compete individually or as a team, register online here now to reserve your space. Once you have successfully registered, you will receive an email with more information about how to submit your final app and supporting materials (including a personal/team profile, eligibility quiz, demonstration video, and application questions). 

What comes next? 

Congressional App Challenge Timeline

  • Register online now
  • Submit your app and supporting materials by November 1 
  • Winners are announced in December

Still have questions?

Consult the Congressional App Challenge website or contact David by phone at (952) 656-5176 or by email at