Congressional App Challenge

The submission period for 2017 Congressional App Challenge closed on November 1, 2017. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Congressman Tonko's office in Albany at (518) 465-0700.

Officially launched by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2015, the Congressional App Challenge is a nation-wide effort allowing students to compete against their peers by creating and an application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices. The Challenge is meant to encourage innovation and engagement in coding and computer science and STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

The Congressional App Challenge is open to all eligible middle and high school-aged students in the New York’s 20th Congressional District, regardless of coding experience. Students entering the competition must submit their app on during the Competition Submission Period between 12:00 PM (noon) Eastern Standard Time on July 26 2017, and 12:00 PM (noon) Eastern Daylight Time on November 1, 2017.

The winning individual or team will be chosen by an appointed panel of local expert judges, will receive an invitation to a reception held in their honor in Washington, D.C., and will be featured on The winning app will also be on display in the U.S. Capitol, along with other winners from across the country. Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

1. quality of the idea, including creativity and originality;
2. implementation of the idea, including user experience and design; and
3. demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills.

For more information about the Competition, please visit the official Congressional App Challenge website at  There, you can find information specific to teachers and schools and students.

Additional questions or concerns can also be directed to my Albany District office at 518-465-0700.

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