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Congressman Jamie Raskin

Representing the 8th District of Maryland

Congressional App Challenge

I am pleased to invite high school students who live or attend school in Maryland's 8th Congressional District to participate in the 2017 Congressional App Challenge, which formally opened on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. 

Officially launched in 2015, this annual competition is a nationwide event intended to engage students' creativity and encourage their participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields. This competition allows students to compete with peers in their own congressional district by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.

Register and Submit

The Congressional App Challenge is open to all students who live or attend school in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District, regardless of coding experience. We strongly encourage students of all skill levels to participate and learn how to create their own apps. Students may compete as individuals or in teams of up to four (two teammates must live or attend school in the 8th Congressional District). Students must submit their video explaining their app and what they learned through the competition process no later than 12:00 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

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.

Student submissions will be judged by a panel of local judges who work within the academic, software, and entrepeneurial fields. The app of the winning student or team in each participating Congressional district will be featured on the website and displayed in a U.S. Capitol exhibit in Washington, D.C.

For more information, please visit the official Congressional App Challenge website at  If you have questions, contact Nina Weisbroth at or call my district office at 301-354-1000.