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Congressional App Challenge 2020


Congressional App Challenge with Antonio Delgado

Representative Antonio Delgado is thrilled to invite all high school and middle school students across New York's 19th Congressional District to participate in this year's Annual Congressional App Challenge. It is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in coding by developing your own original app. Winning app creators will receive prizes, including eligibility to display their app in the US Capitol Building!

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Compete in the Congressional App Challenge

All high school and middle school students who live or attend school in New York's 19th Congressional District are invited to compete. Contestants can compete individually or in teams of up to 4 students.

Detailed Info: Official CAC Rulebook

The winning app will be eligible to be displayed in the US Capitol Building and featured on the House of Representatives' website, Winning students will be invited to #HouseofCode Capitol Hill Reception in Washington D.C. and will receive $250 per winner in Amazon Web Services credits.

Your App
You may code your app in any programming language (C, C++, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, "block code," etc.) for any platform (PC, web, tablet, robot, mobile, etc.). There are no limitations on application theme or topic, except that is must be your own original idea. Most importantly, have fun!

Submission Deadline: 11:59 EST, Monday, October 19, 2020
Upload a demonstration video of your app AND answer the required writing questions. While this is not a video-creation competition, the judges view the demonstration video to learn about the app, so it should be as clear and compelling as possible

Your demonstration video must meet the following requirements:

  • 1-3 minutes long
  • Upload to any video-hosting site, set to "public".
  • Name(s) of each participant
  • App title
  • Clearly explain the purpose of the app in one, clear sentence
  • 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
  • Once the Submission Period is over, the Submission cannot be edited in any way

In addition to the demonstration video, you must answer the following:

  • Title of the App
  • Explain the app's purpose in one sentence (140 characters max).
  • Short Answer: What inspired you to create this app? (200 characters max)
  • Short Answer: What is your app trying to accomplish? (200 characters max)
  • Essay: What technical/coding difficulty did you faced in programming your app, and how did you address this technical challenge? (1500 characters max.)


  • September 4, 2020 — Challenge begins!
  • October 19, 2020 — Deadline for students to register and submit app online
  • November 2020 — Judging period
  • December 2020 — Winners announced!







Past NY-19 Winners

Student Resources