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App Challenge

The U.S. House of Representatives started the Congressional App Challenge (CAC) to encourage students to learn coding and innovation techniques. The CAC inspires students to learn how to code through a district wide competition in order for the chance to be recognized on the national level.


  • June 24th: Student Registration Opens – With Approval from the Committee on House Administration
  • August 1st: Final Day For Offices to Register
  • November 1st: Student Applications Close
  • December 31st: Winners Announced


  • Students must either be in Middle School or High School.
  • Students can participate in up to teams of four.
  • For each team, 50% of the students must either live or go to school in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District.
  • For solo students, the student must either live or go to school in the Texas’ 23rd Congressional District.
  • Students have until NOVEMBER 1STto submit their apps.
  • Apps can be coded on any platform, using any programming language, on any topic.


  • A video Demonstrating the App
  • A Short Summary of the App
  • Inspiration for the App
  • Coding Language Used
  • Technical Difficulties Encountered
  • Improvement in Version 2.0 of App
  • Contact Information


  • Register on the Congressional App Challenge website
  • Design and create your app.
  • Submit your app before NOVEMBER 1ST
  • The winner will be announced by December 31st, 2021 and will be honored at #HouseofCode, will have the App displayed in Capitol for one year, and the chance to receive additional prizes.

Find a full list of student eligibility, submission requirements, and how to participate here.

For more information, please visit the official Congressional App Challenge website at or contact Amanda Mercer at