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Congressman Jamie Raskin

Representing the 8th District of Maryland

Congressional App Challenge

I am pleased to invite middle and high school students who live or attend school in Maryland's 8th Congressional District to participate in the 2018 Congressional App Challenge.

Officially launched by the U.S. House of Representatives 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

I want to 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). The app of the winning student or team in each participating Congressional district will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives' website,  the Congressional App Challenge website, and displayed in a U.S. Capitol exhibit. Winning students are invited to attend the #HouseofCode Capitol Hill Reception in Washington, D.C., and awarded $250 per winner in Amazon Web Services Credits.

If you are ready and set to code, check out the complete rulebook for participating in the Challenge.  Students should register as soon as possible for the Congressional App Challenge. Participants must submit a video explaining their app and what they learned through the competition process no later than 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, October 15, 2018.

For more information, please visit the official Congressional App Challenge website at If you have questions, please contact Nina Weisbroth in my District Office (301-354-1000 or