Congressman DeSaulnier Kicks Off the 2018 Congressional App Challenge

Press Release


Walnut Creek, CA – Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) announced that he will host the fourth annual Congressional App Challenge (CAC) for California’s 11th District, an app coding competition for U.S. high school students. High school students who live or attend school in California’s 11th Congressional District are invited to create and submit their own software application (“app”) for mobile, tablet, or other computing devices on a platform of their choice.

“With jobs in STEM fields on the rise, providing our students with opportunities to develop and grow their coding skills is critical to ensuring that the next generation is trained with the skills needed to be competitive in the workforce of tomorrow,” said Congressman DeSaulnier. “The Congressional App Challenge allows students to apply these skills and use their creativity to develop apps that are engaging and often provide solutions to everyday challenges they face. Each year I am  impressed by the talent of students in Contra Costa County, and I look forward to showcasing this talent in our nation’s Capitol.”

The Challenge submission period will run until October 15, 2018. Congressman DeSaulnier will recognize the submissions at a special ceremony in his District Office and the winner will be selected by a panel of local judges who work within the academic, software, and entrepreneurial fields. The winning app from California’s 11th Congressional District will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol and featured on the House of Representatives website with the winning apps from other Congressional districts.

Established by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, this competition is a nationwide event intended to engage students’ creativity and encourage their participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields. By recognizing our nation’s young programming talent, Congress hopes to shine a light on the growing importance of these skills. The competition has continued to grow with more than 2,000 student participants last year.

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