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Congressman Garret Graves

Representing the 6th District of Louisiana

Congressional App Challenge


The Congressional App Challenge (CAC) is a public effort to encourage kids to learn how to code, through annual district-wide competitions hosted by Members of Congress in their respective districts.

Students in participating districts code original applications for the chance to be selected for recognition by their Member of Congress, win prizes, and have their work put on display in the Capitol Building in Washington, DC. The district-wide competitions, now in their third year, take place from June 2018 through October 15, 2018. The CAC is executed by the Congressional staff of each participating district, and coordinated by the Congressional Internet Caucus and the non-governmental sponsor of the project, the Internet Education Foundation (IEF).



How to participate:

  1. Register starting June, 2018 at
  2. Think of an app you would like to create
  3. Design your app
  4. Create your app
  5. Submit anytime between Sept. 1, 2018 through October 15, 2018.


Student eligibility

A complete submission will include the following components:

  1. Registration Form (found on www.CongressionalAppChallenge.US)
  2. App Information  

            *Title of your App

    *The coding language used

    *Purpose: Explain your app's purpose in ONE sentence

    *Short Description: What is your app trying to accomplish and why?

    *Tell us about a technical/coding difficulty you faced in programming your app and explain     

       your coding solution.

    *Suggest improvements you would make to version 2.0 of your app  

  1. Demonstration Video

                  *Students must create a 1-3 minute video, showcasing what your app does and how it works.

                  *The video must be uploaded onto a public site such as Youtube or Vimeo so judges may view   

                    it publicly

  • Tell us your name(s) and the name of your app.
  • Clearly explain the purpose of your app in one sentence.
  • Explain the Target Audience and who your app is intended for.
  • Show us how your app is used.
  1. Exit Questionnaire

                 *A MANDATORY exit questionnaire will be mailed to all students after the submission period closes.

Submission Requirement

  1.  Submission Period opens on June, 20178at 12:00pm Eastern Time (ET) and closes at 12:00pm Eastern Time (ET) on October 15, 2018.
  2. Students can only participate in a CAC for a Member of Congress who is hosting a competition (Not all Members of Congress host the CAC)
  3. A student may only compete in one Congressional district
  4. One application per student
  5. Students may compete in either:

 *The district they live in;

 *or the district in which they attend school.

  1. Students may only compete in a maximum team of up to four members:

                *Teams with more than four members will be disqualified

                *If competing in a team, at least two of the teammates must be eligible to compete within the                                     district in which they are submitting the app

  1. There is no age minimum, but the CAC is intended for high school students. Students may not participate after having graduated high school.
  2. The Challenge is subject to all applicable United States federal laws and regulations. Participation constitutes entrant's full and unconditional agreement to the Official Rules.



CAC Website

Student Resources