High School App Competition

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Yes. The maximum team size is four students, two of whom must reside in or be eligible to attend public high school in Marylands 5th Congressional District.

For the first time there is an award of $50,000 in Amazon Web Services (AWS) credits that can be used for AWS cloud computing services, to be split by the winners across the country. Depending on the number of districts who end up participating, the Maryland Fifth District winner will likely receive $200-$300 of this prize. This donation will provide the students the resources they need to keep pursuing their skills long after the challenge ends.

is a nationwide event that invites high school students to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application, or app, for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. The competition is designed to engage the creativity of students and encourage their participation in computer sceince.

Yes. Any high school student who lives in Marylands 5th Congressional District or is eligible to attend public high school in the district can compete.

Contact stephen.e.gov on Congressman Steny Hoyers staff with any further questions on the app competition for Marylands 5th Congressional District.

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How will the winners be recognized?

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Participating students must first confirm eligibility and register on All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution.

Can home-schooled students participate?

The Congressional App Challenge is open to all high school students (and all those eligible to attend public high school) in Marylands 5th Congressional District. Students may work individually or in teams of up to four. All entries must be original in concept, design and execution. Students entering the competition must register in advance to show their intent to participate (directions below), and then submit their apps source code along with a YouTube or VIMEO video that demos/explains their app and what they learned through this competition, by11:59 PM ET on November 1, 2017.

Does my app or program need to be fully functional to submit?

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What if I dont live in Marylands 5th Congressional District?

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Participating students must submit a demonstration video of their app along with a copy of the source code for inspection by the judges.

Although there is no registration deadline, students who decide to participate should register as soon as possible in order to receive more information about the competition. All participating students must register on the following website:

source code that implements the idea to some degree. The degree to which your app is fully functional will certainly be considered by the judges when selecting a winner, along with the other factors listed above.

Winners will be recognized in a congressional district awards ceremony with Congressman Hoyer.The winner from Marylands 5th Congressional District will be featured on Hoyer.house.gov, the winning app will also be on display in the U.S. Capitol to honor the winners from across the country.

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This year marks the fourth annual Congressional App Competition, a competition designed to engage students creativity and encourage their participation in computer science. Established by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, this competition is a nationwide event that allows high school students from across the country to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application, or app, for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.

Apps will be judged based on the following criteria:

All applicants will be invited to the awards ceremony to meet Congressman Hoyer and receive official Congressional certificates to note their participation.

There is also an award of $50,000 in Amazon Web Services (AWS) credits that can be used for AWS cloud computing services, to be split by the winners across the country. Depending on the number of districts who end up participating, the Maryland Fifth District winner will likely receive $200-$300 of this prize.

High school students who live in or are eligible to attend public schools located in the Marylands 5th Congressional District can participate. To confirm your eligibility, please visit

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No. Each student must submit at least a video that describes a well thought-out idea for an app and

When can I register and how can I submit my entry?

Quality of the idea, including creativity and originality;

Students can register and submit an entry from July 26, 2017 until November 1, 2017. Judging will take place in November and district winners will be announced soon after.

Implementation of the idea, including user experience and design; and

What if I still have a question that isnt listed on this list of FAQs?

What must contestants submit for consideration?

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