The 2019 Congressional App Challenge is open!

August 26, 2019

Dear Friend,

I am pleased to invite all middle and high school students who live or attend school in the 8th District to participate in a district-wide 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.

I encourage students of all skill levels to participate in this opportunity and learn how to create their own apps.

Here’s How To Participate:
Students may compete as individuals or in teams of up to four (two teammates must live or attend school in Maryland’s 8th District). 

1. Register
Starting today, you can register at: 
You must register by Tuesday, September 10, 2019!

2. Think of an app you’d like to create
Do you want to create a game? Solve a problem? There is no limit to what you can create for the App Challenge.

3. Design your app
What will your app look like? What does it need to accomplish? Find resources to help you at:

4. Create your app
Apps can be written in any programming language for any platform (desktop/PC, web, mobile, Raspberry Pi, etc.). 

5. Submit
Prepare a 1-3 minute video showcasing your app. Submissions are due no later than 11:59 pm on Friday, November 1, 2019.

Information and updates will be provided on my website at:  For additional details, visit:

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 for a year in a U.S. Capitol exhibit. Winning students are invited to the #HouseofCode Capitol Hill Reception in Washington, D.C.!


I hope that you will encourage your students to participate in this exciting event. If you have any questions, please contact Nina Weisbroth in my District Office at 301-354-1000. 

All Best,


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