Congressional App Challenge

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) is inviting students to participate in the 2019 Congressional App Challenge, a competition designed to encourage student involvement in computer science and coding. This nationwide effort allows students to compete against their peers by creating an application – or “app” – for web, PC, mobile, or other platform of their choice. The Congressman will accept apps written in any programming language, including C, C++, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, block code, etc.

“As a member of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, co-chair of the STEM Ed Caucus, a longtime supporter of innovation and scientific research, and a former professor, I couldn’t be more excited to bring the App Challenge to the Third District,” stated Rep. Lipinski. “Improving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at all levels is one of the most important steps we can take to ensure that America remains one of the most technologically innovative countries in the world."

The Congressional App Challenge is open to middle and high school students who live in or go to school in the Third District. Students of all skill levels are encouraged to participate and learn how to create their own apps. To be eligible to participate in the CAC, students must be a middle or high school student at the time of app submission.

Students may compete as individuals or in teams of up to four members. At least two members of each team must be eligible to compete in the district in which they enter. Apps created may cover any topic, but they must be original, appropriate, and created within the last calendar year, as long as the app meets submission requirements. Students entering the competition must submit their app on by November 1st, 2019.

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 excellence of coding and programming skills.

The winner from the Third Congressional District will be chosen by a panel of expert judges and will be featured on and The winning app will also be on display in the U.S. Capitol, along with other winners from across the country. The winner or winning team will also be invited to #HouseofCode, the most prestigious demo day in student STEM, where CAC winners from across the country demo their apps on Capitol Hill. Last year’s winner was Dan Hickey from Carl Sangburg High School, who created an app called Converge.

For more information, visit,, or contact one of the Congressman’s district offices (Information for all four can be found at the bottom of this page).

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