Congressional App Challenge

The Congressional App Challenge is a competition designed to teach students how to code, either individually or in a group setting, and inspire them to pursue careers in computer science. The competition is a nationwide challenge that allows middle and high school students from across the country to compete by creating a unique app on a platform of their choice.


The  Congressional App Challenge is open to all middle and  high school students who live in and all those who attend middle or high school in Florida’s 9th Congressional District. Students may work individually or in teams of up to four.  All entries must be original in concept, design and execution using any platform of their choosing. Applications open on JUNE 1, 2021.


The winner will be chosen by a panel of expert judges and will be featured on and will also be eligible to be on display in the U.S. Capitol with other winners from across the country.


For more information, please see the Rules and Guidelines below, at or contact Shasta Shaffer at



Link to Register:

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App Challenge FAQ’s

  • What is the Congressional App Challenge?
    Established by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, the Congressional App Challenge is a nationwide event that invites middle and high school students to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. The competition is designed to engage the creativity of students and encourage their participation in computer science. 
  • Who can participate?
    High school and middle school students who live in or are eligible to attend public schools located in the Florida’s 9th Congressional District can participate. To confirm your eligibility, please visit
  • What if I don't live in Florida’s 9th Congressional District? 
    You can enter your home address on to see if your local Congressman/Congresswoman is participating in the competition. 
  • Can home-schooled students participate?
    Yes. Any middle school or high school student who lives in Florida’s 9th Congressional District or is eligible to attend public school in the district can compete.
  • Can students submit in teams?
    Yes. The maximum team size is four students, two of whom must reside in or be eligible to attend public high school in Florida’s 9th  Congressional District.
  • When can I register and how can I submit my entry?
    Now. Participating students must register on  All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution.
  • When will the contest judging occur?
    The judging date of the Congressional App Challenge will be announced in the coming months. Those students registered will also receive an email from our office with the judging date.
  • How will my app be judged?
    Apps will be judged based 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 will the winners be recognized?
    Winners will be recognized in a congressional district awards ceremony with Congressman Soto  and the winning app will also be on display in the U.S. Capitol to honor the winners from across the country. All applicants will be invited to the awards ceremony to meet Congressman Soto and receive official Congressional certificates to note their participation.
  • What if I have a question that isn't listed on this list of FAQs?  Contact Shasta Shaffer at with any further questions on the app competition.