Congressional App Competition

Each fall, Congressman Cicilline encourages high school students who reside or attend school in the First Congressional District to take part in the 2017 Congressional App Challenge by submitting their design of an app for mobile, tablet, or personal computers on a platform of their choice.

Established in 2013, the Congressional App Challenge is a nationwide event open to all students who have not yet graduated high school. The competition encourages students to get involved in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Students are allowed to compete individually or in teams of up to four people. In addition to submitting an app for the Congressional App Challenge, students will also prepare a video explaining what they learned during the competition.

Interested students can register for the 2017 Congressional App Challenge here or by calling Annie Pease at 729-5600. The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2017. Apps will be judged by a panel of local experts in the academic, software, and entrepreneurial fields.

The winning app will be announced in December and the student, or team of students, will have their app featured on the U.S. House of Representatives website, as well as in an exhibit in the U.S. Capitol. Additional resources for students interested in participating are available here.

As a member of the Congressional STEAM Caucus, and a co-sponsor of the Stepping Up to STEM Education Act (H.R. 565) and the 21st Century STEM for Girls and Underrepresented Minorities Act (H.R. 2773), Cicilline has championed efforts to expand access to STEM and STEAM education during his time in Congress. Today, he serves on the U.S. House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, which has jurisdiction over information technology and patent and trademark law.

Cicilline announced the 2016 winners of the Congressional App Challenge for the First District of Rhode Island during a visit to Barrington High School’s AP Computer Science class in December of last year. Haotian Lu, Zijun Weng, Shiyuan Huang and Haoran Wen, Barrington High School students, were recognized for designing and building the gaming app, Tap It. A video preview of Tap It is available online here .