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The 2017 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 Nov. 2, 2017 EST. 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 2016 the winning app was SketchBuddy, submitted by Arturo Arias, Azucena Tellez, Stephanie Pico-Nunez and Emily Arias, students who were part of the CodeX program at Evelyn C. Hanshaw Middle School in Modesto. The app encourages users to inspire their creativity through drawing in a virtual sketchbook and sharing their creations with friends. 

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.