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The 2018 Congressional App Challenge (CAC) is now open! 

Students may compete as individuals or in teams of up to four to code and submit their own original applications, or “apps,” for mobile, tablet or computer devices on a platform of their choice by Midnight on October 15, 2018 EDT. Submission requirements are available on www.congressionalappchallenge.us.

Apps submitted from our California 10th congressional district will be judged by a panel of local judges who work in the academic, software and entrepreneurial fields. The app of the winning student or team from our congressional district will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website (www.house.gov) and displayed in a U.S. Capitol exhibit.

In 2017 the winning app was "Homeless Network" by Haiying Zeng and Divvya Katyal of Elizabeth Ustach Middle School in Modesto. The app serves as a platform to pinpoint areas where help is needed the most through crowd-sourcing, allowing members of a community to place a dot on a map for service providers and other citizens to more easily provide aid and relief to homeless by visiting marked areas.

Since 2013, the CAC has given students the opportunity to further their education in STEM, coding and computer science through direct, hands-on experience. In the two years since the challenge was first implemented, the CAC has reached nearly 4,000 students across 33 states. This year, we hope to engage and inspire even more students in our district to develop their skills in these increasingly vital fields.