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Congressional App Challenge

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I am excited to announce that the 4th District will again participate in the Congressional App Challenge, joining many other districts and thousands of students across the country.

Established by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, the Congressional App Challenge encourages middle and high school students from across the country to develop an innovative app for a mobile device or computer. The competition is designed to expose students to the world of app development without necessarily requiring prior coding experience.  Participants will have the opportunity to learn from and network with leading STEM educators and employers from North Carolina’s 4th District, who will act as mentors and judges in the competition.

2019 Key Dates and Events:

  • Saturday, September 21st – App Challenge Jumpstarter
  • Friday, November 1st – App Challenge Submission Deadline
  • Thursday, November 21st – *Pitch Competition & Awards Ceremony
    •  6:00 PM – 8:00 PM| Friday Institute, NC State University
    •  *More information provided once students submit app

 

 

EVENTS AND RESOURCES

To enter the competition, participants should submit a 1-3 minute video and questionnaire by Friday, November 1st, 2019.  Students may submit as individuals or in teams of up to four. The winners of the competition will have their app featured on the U.S. House of Representatives website and displayed in the U.S. Capitol. Students must register for the challenge at: congressionalappchallenge.us

To assist students in their app idea development, Congressman Price will be hosting an App Challenge Jumpstarter on Saturday, September 21 at Fidelity Investments in the Research Triangle Park. The event is free, and lunch will be provided. Students are asked to bring a laptop, but extras will be available for sign-out. Students must RSVP for the event at https://appjumpstarter.eventbrite.com.

Online resources are already available - get started today!

JUDGING AND PAST WINNERS

The competition winners will be selected by a panel of professional judges at a pitch competition to be held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at North Carolina State University’s Friday Institute.  Although only a select group of finalists will be invited to participate in the pitch competition, all House App Challenge entrants—as well as their families, teachers, school administrators, and local education officials—will be invited to attend the competition and subsequent award ceremony.

 

 

Congratulations to our 2018 App Challenge district winners from Panther Creek High School! Navya Solkhan, Mahika Patil, and Sara Talekar created the app “Ripples” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZIIrSHw83o&t=2s) which helps coordinate donations in the wake of natural disasters. 

Past winners from other districts can be found here, as well as their videos for inspiration.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Who is eligible to participate?

A: Students are eligible as long as they live or attend high school or middle school in the 4th District. If you do not reside or attend school in this District, you can check other participating districts. Students can also participate in teams up to 4 – at least two of the students must live or attend school in the District.

Q: What do I need to do to register?

A: Students must register for the challenge at: congressionalappchallenge.us. Only participating students may complete the registration. Teachers may not complete this on behalf of students.

Q: Do I need experience in coding?

A: Not at all! The App Idea Challenge allows for students to explore coding for the first time, or to advance their skills. A finished app is not required for final submission. Instead, a 1-3-minute video and answers to questions will be required.

Q: What is required for final submission?

A: Students will need to submit a 1-3-minute video detailing their app or app proposal, and answers to questions about the app idea process. A complete app is not required, but a final, fully detailed proposal will be expected. For more information on the content on the video and other submission requirements, please view these materials.

Q: How many apps can I submit?

A: Each student or team may only submit one app. Furthermore, they can only submit to a single District.

Q: I created an app or app proposal for a different project. Can I submit that app to the competition?

A: Absolutely! Students are allowed to submit apps created for other programs or projects, as long as it meets the eligibility criteria listed above.

Q: What resources will be available during the Challenge?

A: To assist students in their app idea development, our office will host an App Challenge Jumpstarter on Saturday, September 21. Hosted by Fidelity Investments in the Research Triangle Park, students will participate in a series of creative workshops and network with leading STEM educators and employers. Students should RSVP for the event at https://AppJumpstarter.eventbrite.com.

Online resources are also available here. For ideas, you can check out previous winners as well.