Each summer, Members of Congress host a nationwide coding challenge to recognize and encourage creative and innovative talent. Congresswoman Sara Jacobs is glad to announce the 2021 Congressional App Challenge (CAC) for the 53rd Congressional District.
The CAC is open to all middle and high school students in the 53rd Congressional District. The winning application will be featured on the House.gov website and the CongressionalAppChallenge.US website. Winning students are also eligible to have their app displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building and will be invited to #HouseOfCode, a springtime computer science fair and reception held in their honor in Washington, D.C. You can learn more about the competition here.
To participate in the CAC, students may create any type of application as long as the submission meets originality and functionality requirements and is completed by the time of submission.
● Students must be in middle or high school at the time of contest close: November 1st, 2021
- Students may not participate after having graduated from high school.
● No limits on application theme or topic.
● Students may use any platform (PC, web, tablet, robot, Raspberry Pi, mobile, etc.)
● Students may compete as individuals or in teams of up to four.
- Teams with five or more students are NOT eligible.
- If competing as a team: At least two of the teammates must be eligible to compete within the district in which they are submitting.
● Students may cover any topic, but they must:
- Be original and appropriate.
- Have been created within the calendar year prior to the Challenge closing date.
To register as an individual, students need:
● a personal email address that is not their school email account
● home’s 9-digit zip code, Congressional District, and Member of Congress
● school’s 9-digit zip code, Congressional District, and Member of Congress
● A parent or guardian’s contact information (name and email address).
● Name and email of student’s coding teacher or mentor (optional)
To register as a team, students need:
● The above information for each team member.
● One team may participate ONCE as a group.
Students can register for the 2021 Congressional App Challenge here. If competing as a team, one teammate should create the team profile, which will allow for that user to invite up to three other team members to edit the application. Students will need to complete a personal profile and eligibility quiz. If the team is eligible, they will receive an email allowing them to proceed with their application. The application is made up of a number of questions regarding their app. The most critical component is the demonstration video, which is detailed below.
DEMONSTRATION VIDEO (max 3 min)
Students must create a demonstration video with the following information:
● The name(s) of each participant
● The name of the app
● Clearly explain the purpose of the app (Students should do this in one, clear
● Explain the app’s target audience (who the app is intended for?)
● The tools and coding languages used to create the app
● Show how the app works
The video should be 1-3 minutes long. Video submissions which do not adhere to the time
constraints may be penalized by the judges at their discretion. This is not a video-creation
competition. However, the judges view the demonstration video to learn about the app.
The video should be as clear and compelling as possible.
Upload the completed video to YouTube, Vimeo, or any other video-hosting site. The
video must be set to “public”.
Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate U.S. copyright laws.
Please review the full Rules and Regulations here.
Awards will be judged based on the following criteria:
a. Quality of the idea (including creativity and originality)
b. Implementation of the idea (including user experience and design) Review of Rules 3 of 6
c. Demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills.
Judges have the right to request access to the App and source code in person or via any reasonable manner to verify that the App functions and operates as stated in the Submission Form. Failure by a Contestant to honor such a request will result in the Submission’s immediate disqualification.
Entries must be submitted by 5:00pm PST on Monday, November 1st, 2021 via email or at the District Office -- 2700 Adams Avenue, Suite 102, San Diego, CA 92116.
If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Jawad Al Baghdadi in the Office of Congresswoman Sara Jacobs at email@example.com or (619) 280-5353.