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Congressional App Challenge

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Congressional App Challenge

I am pleased to announce that my office is again hosting the annual Congressional App Challenge (CAC). 

The App Challenge was established by Congress to encourage youth participation and foster creativity and innovation in computer science by allowing students across the country, through their Members of Congress, to compete against their peers in creating a software application (app) for a smartphone, tablet or other computer devices. My app challenge is open to all middle and high school students in the 1st Congressional District of Hawaiʻi (O'ahu from Makapu'u Point through urban Honolulu to Mililani and down through Waipahu and Ewa Beach/Kapolei/Ko Olina to Kahe Point). 

The winning individual or team will be invited to Washington, DC for a reception and a two-day science fair called #HouseofCode, though airfare and accommodations are not provided. All winners will also have their apps displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building for a year and receive various small prizes. 


Each participant must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Age: Students must be in middle or high school on October 19th, 2020.
  • Location: Students must either reside or attend school in the 1st Congressional District of Hawaiʻi.
  • Teams: Students can compete as individuals or in teams of up to four students, in which at least two students must reside or attend school in the district.


  • June 1: Congressional App Challenge launches
  • September 10: Student registration deadline
  • October 19: Deadline to submit apps (12:00 PM, EDT)
  • October 20 - December 1: Judging Period
  • December (TBA): Congressional District Winners Announcement
  • January 15, 2021: Internet Education Foundation (IEF) will make National Winners Announcement


The full text of the rules for student participants are included here:

To complete a submission, students must submit the following:

  • Sign-up Form: Students must fill out a sign-up form so their eligibility can be verified.
    • If students are competing as part of a team, the sign-up form must include the relevant information (e.g. mailing address) from each student.
  • App Information: Students will be asked to answer a series of questions including:
    • Title of the app.
    • The coding language used.
    • What they were trying to accomplish and why.
    • An explanation of a difficulty they faced in programming the app and how it was overcome.
    • What improvements the students would make if they were going to create a version 2.0 of their app.

  • Demonstration Video: Students must create a 1-3 minute video, post it on YouTube or Vimeo and submit the link on the CAC submission form. The video must be set up to public view. Videos that are longer than 3 minutes will be penalized per the judges’ discretion.

  • Exit Questionnaire: The exit survey will be emailed to all students following the submission of their app.


  • Demonstration videos and submission answers will be reviewed and evaluated by district judges who were selected by my office.
  • Judging is based on the following criteria:
    • Quality of the idea (including creativity and originality)
    • Implementation of the idea (including user experience and design)
    • Demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills.


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 staff, Asami Kobayashi, at or (808) 650-6688.