DeGette launches district-wide ‘app challenge’ for local middle and high school students

Jul 26, 2019
Press Release

DENVER, CO – Can you make an app for that? U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) wants to know.

DeGette, who represents Colorado’s First Congressional district, announced today that she will be hosting the district’s first-ever Congressional App Challenge for middle and high school students.

The Congressional App Challenge is a nationwide app-creation competition sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives that was created to encourage more students to get involved in computer science and learn to code.

“The students in our district are some of the brightest and most creative in the nation,” DeGette said. “I can’t wait to see what these kids come up with.”

The challenge is open to all middle and high school students who either live in, or go to school in, Colorado’s First Congressional District.

Students entering the competition will compete against other students in the district to develop the most unique, creative and user-friendly new app. Students can use any programming language (C/C++, Java, JavaScript, etc.) and any platform (desktop, web, tablet, mobile, etc.) they choose to create their app.

All entries must be received by midnight November 1.

A panel of judges – selected by DeGette – will then choose one winner from the First Congressional District to go up against the winners chosen in each of the other participating Congressional districts across the country.

Winners of the nationwide competition will then be announced in December and invited to attend a special reception in Washington, D.C. where their app will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building and featured on the House of Representatives website.

More information, including the official rules for this year’s competition, is available here.

Students in the first congressional district can register by visiting DeGette’s website at: