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Congressman Don Bacon

Representing the 2nd District of Nebraska

App Challenge

2017 Congressional App Challenge

JULY 26 – NOVEMBER 1, 2017

STUDENTS & INTERESTED STAKEHOLDERS: Registration will begin July 26th.

We are pleased to announce that the Congressional App Challenge, a competition designed to encourage student participation in computer science and coding, will take place from July 26 to November 1st this year.

Officially launched by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2015, this nationwide effort allows students to compete against their peers by creating an application or "app," for mobile, tablet, or computer devices.  The Challenge is intended to highlight the value of computer science and STEM education (Science, Technolgy, Engineering, and Math).

Enter and Submit

The submission period is July 26 - November 1, 2017.  Please note that this competition is open to all students in the Second Congressional District who meet the eligibility requirements, regardless of coding experience.  We strongly encourage students of all skill levels to participate, to learn how to create their own apps.

Submissions will be judged on the following criteria: quality of the idea, including creativity and originality, implementation of the idea, including user experience and design; and demonstrated the excellence of coding and programming skills.

The House of Representatives knows how crucial these skills are and wants to encourage students to engage in these fields.  By encouraging and recognizing our nation's young programming talent, Congress hopes to shine a light on the growing importance of these skills.  

The winner from the Second Congressional District, chosen by a panel of expert judges, will be featured on, and the winning app will also be on display in the U.S. Capitol, honoring the winners from across the country.

To learn more about the competition or to submit an app, please visit

Resources for Students and Teachers

I look forward to receiving the entries and hearing about the challenges the students undertake as they delve deeper into the STEM fields.