Congressional App Challenge

I participate in the Congressional App Challenge (CAC), an annual nationwide competition hosted by Members of Congress to foster student creativity and innovation and encourage participation in computer science.

My own CAC event is open to all middle school and high school students in Hawai‘i’s 1st Congressional District (Hawai’i Kai to Mililani and Ko Olina). Students may work individually or in teams of up to four to create and exhibit a software application or “app” for technological devices. These apps are entered into a contest and judged.

The winning team from each participating congressional district level will be invited to Washington, DC for a reception and a two-day event called #HouseofCode, though airfare and accommodations are not provided. All winners will have their app displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building and receive various small prizes.

 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Each participant must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Students must reside or attend a school within Hawai‘i’s First Congressional District.
  • Students may only compete in a single congressional district.
  • Middle school and high school students are eligible. Students may not participate after graduating from high school.
  • Students may only submit one application.
  • Students must submit a demonstration video.
  • Students must complete an exit questionnaire.
  • Students may compete as individuals or in teams of up to four.
  • If competing as a team, at least two of the teammates must be eligible to compete in the congressional district in which they submit their CAC app.
  • Students may submit apps they created prior to CAC, as long as their apps meet the standards of eligibility and were created within one year of the submission deadline.

 

WHEN CAN STUDENTS ENTER THE CHALLENGE?

Students may sign up for the 2019 CAC beginning May 20, 2019.

 

HOW DO STUDENTS SUBMIT THEIR APP?

Visit congressionalappchallenge.us to register and get more details on how to submit your entry. If competing as a team, all members of the team must submit their information on the registration form to participate. A complete submission will include the following components:

  • Registration Form (found on congressionalappchallenge.us).
  • App elements.
  • Name of your app.
  • The coding language used to create the app.
  • Explanation of your app’s purpose in ONE sentence.
  • A short description of what is your app trying to accomplish and why.

 

DEMONSTRATION VIDEO

Students must create a 1-3 minute video, showcasing what the app does and how it works. The video must be uploaded onto a public site such as YouTube or Vimeo and set to “public” so the judges can watch the video.

Each video must include the following elements:

  • Applicant’s name(s).
  • App name.
  • Purpose of the app explained in one sentence.
  • Who the app is intended for.
  • Tools and coding languages used to create the app.
  • Demonstration of how the app works.

 

EXIT QUESTIONNAIRE

A mandatory and anonymous exit questionnaire will be emailed to all students after the submission period closes.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The CAC is subject to all applicable United States federal laws and regulations, and participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to the official rules.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact my District Office at 808-650-6688.