Harder Invites Central Valley Students to Participate in 2019 Congressional App Challenge

August 28, 2019
Press Release
National Competition is an Opportunity for Local Students to Showcase Programming Skills

Students Are Encouraged to Register by September 10th; Submissions Due November 1st

Modesto, CA – As students across the Central Valley head back to school, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) is announcing the kickoff of the 2019 Congressional App Challenge. The competition is an opportunity for students interested in computer science, technology, and coding to compete on a national stage by developing an original software application. Winners of the challenge are invited to attend a reception honoring their achievement in Washington, D.C., win $250 in Amazon Web Services Credits, and are eligible to have their apps displayed at the U.S. Capitol.

“We’ve got to grow our tech talent right here in the Valley to create even more jobs and opportunity locally. The folks on the other side of the Altamont don’t have a monopoly on good ideas – and this is a chance to prove it,” said Rep. Harder. “The Congressional App Challenge gives folks from all walks of life and in every community, from big city to small town, a chance to showcase their skills on a national stage. I hope every tech-savvy middle and high school student will submit an app for the competition.”   

Students are encouraged to register for the competition at this link by September 10th and final submissions are due November 1st. Winners will be announced in December. Students must be in middle or high school at the time of the app’s submission and reside in California’s 10th Congressional District. App entries can come from individuals or teams of up to four people and all programming languages are allowed. For additional information about submissions and entry, competition rules, and further resources, please visit www.CongressionalAppChallenge.us.

Since its creation in 2015, the Congressional App Challenge has welcomed nearly 4,000 participants from 33 states. Congress established the competition in 2013 through a resolution designed to encourage computer science and STEM education.