Congressman John Carter

Representing the 31st District of Texas

Congressional App Challenge

About the Congressional App Challenge

The Congressional App Challenge is an academic competition promoting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). This competition encourages high school students to learn how to code by creating an original app.

The winning app will be displayed on the U.S. House of Representatives website and the Congressional App Challenge website.

The 2019 App Challenge has passed, but we are looking forward to the 2020 competition! Please visit at a later time for more information on the 2020 Congressional App Challenge. If you have any questions, please contact Marie Alvarado at the Round Rock office at 512-246-1600 or via email,

What Are the Rules?

  • Participants must be in middle or high school.
  • Participants can use any programming language (C, C++, JavaScript, Python, etc.).
  • Participants can register as individuals or as teams of up to four participants.
  • Participants can compete in the district they reside in or the district they attend school in.
  • Participants are only allowed to compete in a district that is hosting an App Challenge.
  • Only apps created within the last calendar year will be accepted.

App Parameters

  • The app can be about any topic, but it must be appropriate for the public.
  • The app can be on any platform (web app, desktop/PC, mobile, etc.).
  • The app must have some degree of functionality.
  • The app must be completely original.


  • Students can register for the Congressional App Challenge at
  • If competing as a team, one member must make the team profile, and then invite the other members.
  • Everyone must create a personal profile and complete the eligibility quiz.
  • Participants will receive an email with the rest of the application after registration.
  • The application consists of questions and instructions to create a demonstration video.
  • Once submitted, students must complete the Exit Questionnaire.

Winner Selection and Prizes

  • November is the judging period, and district judges will evaluate the submissions.
  • The winning app in each district will be featured on the U.S. House website and the Congressional App Challenge website.