WASHINGTON, DC – Today,Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) announced the fifth annual Congressional App Challenge for students in Maryland’s Fifth Congressional District.

“I am pleased to announce the fifth annual Congressional App Challenge,” said Congressman Hoyer. “This competition is an excellent opportunity for students throughout the Fifth District to showcase their programming capabilities as well as gain hands-on experience building apps. Programming skills are in high demand in our nation, and we must continue to encourage students in Maryland and across the country to consider careers in computer science. I encourage all eligible students in the Fifth District to compete in this year’s app challenge, and I look forward to seeing what our students create.”

Established by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, the Congressional App Competition is a nationwide event that invites students from all Congressional districts to compete, either individually or in a group of up to four, by creating and presenting an original software application, or “app,” for a mobile, tablet, or computer platform of their choice. The contest, modeled off the long-successful Congressional Art Competition, is designed to promote innovation and engagement in the STEM education fields.

The Congressional App Challenge is open to all middle school and high school students who live in or are eligible to attend public schools located in Maryland’s Fifth Congressional District. Students entering the competition must submit source code along with a YouTube or VIMEO video that explains and demonstrates their app and what they learned through the competition process.

The final deadline for submissions for the 2018 competition is October 15, 2018. Students are encouraged to register and begin work on their projects as soon as possible. The winning individual or team will be recognized at an awards ceremony with Congressman Hoyer, featured on hoyer.house.gov and CongressionalAppChallenge.us, and the winning app will be placed on display in the U.S. Capitol alongside winners from across the country.

More details on registering, submitting a contest entry, the rules of the competition, and helpful programming resources can be found here or at CongressionalAppChallenge.us.