Congressional App Challenge

The Congressional App Challenge launched in 2014 to encourage students nationwide to code. The Congressional App Challenge is designed to engage student creativity and encourage their participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education fields.

The competition is open to middle school and high school students who live or attend school in NJ-11. Students with all levels of coding experience are encouraged to participate. This is an excellent opportunity to develop the skills and innovative spirit needed to create your own apps. The CAC accepts computer programs (or apps) written in any programming language, for any platform (desktop/PC, web, mobile, raspberry Pi, etc.).  The full set of eligibility rules for individual and team entries can be found at  

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges from New Jersey’s 11th District and honored by Congresswoman Sherrill. Their apps are eligible to be featured on display in the U.S. Capitol building, on and on the Congressional App Challenge website.  

To register for the 2021 competition, click here. Registration for the App Challenge is currently open and the deadline to submit your creation is November 1, 2021.

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More details on submitting a contest entry, the rules of the competition, and helpful programming resources can be found on the Congressional App Challenge website. All students entering the competition must first register here and submit their entry with a YouTube or VIMEO video demo explaining their app and what they learned through the competition process.

Click here to learn about our 2019 NJ-11 Congressional App Challenge Winner Dina Brustein of Livingston and her SNAPApp. 

Click here to learn about our 2020 NJ-11 Congressional App Challenge Winner Riya Dadheech of Parsippany and her app, Plate of Hope.