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The Congressional App Challenge

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The US Congressional App Challenge is an annual contest to encourage US high school students to try programming by creating an app.

The contest is open this year from July 18 through November 2, 2016. Winners are announced in each of the House districts for the US Congress. In 2016, that’s 180 districts in 42 states. That’s 180 potential winners.

The contest website includes links to see if your House district participates and, if not, to request they join the contest. (And, if you’re outside the US, you might want to look online to see if your local, state, or federal governments offer a similar contest. If they don’t? Maybe send an email with a link to the US contest, at the bottom of this article, and ask if they could do the same.)

You can participate if you’re 13 years old or older by the contest sign up date of July 18, 2016. You must be eligible to attend high school in the district you compete in. Teams must have at least two students who live or attend high school in the district they compete in. And teams are limited to four people.

You also don’t have to do a phone or tablet app. Most contestants do, of course. But you’re free to create a website if that works. Apps (or websites) don’t have to be 100% perfect. You must have enough functionality to prove your idea works. The goal is to encourage you to try programming.

 

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