Congressional App Challenge and Expo 2018

Congressional App Challenge 2018

Congressman Matt Gaetz would like to invite all middle and high school students from the 1st Congressional District of Florida to participate in the 2018 Congressional App Challenge.  The Congressional App Challenge (CAC) is a public effort to encourage students to learn how to code, through annual district-wide competitions hosted by Members of Congress for their district.

Students will submit a DEMO VIDEO explaining and showing their app and answering a few questions about their project. This competition allows students to compete with peers in their own district by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app”, for the web, PC, tablet, mobile, or other platform of their choice. See the complete rules here.

Students may compete as individuals or in teams of up to four, as long as two of the teammates are eligible to participate in our district. Students are encouraged to register online by Sept 10, 2018, before submitting their app by the October 15, 2018 deadline.

There will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner (or winning team), and each place winner will receive prizes (including cash gift cards).

The culminating event for this competition will take place at the 2018 Congressional App Challenge and STEM/Cybersecurity Expo on Saturday, October 27, 2018, at the University of West Florida, on their Pensacola Campus. At this event, students will present their demo video to the judges and Congressman Gaetz. There will also be industry, college, and career reps at information tables set up throughout the expo for students, families, teachers, and community members to visit. The awards ceremony program will also take place that afternoon once the judging is completed. There will be speakers, including Congressman Gaetz, who will highlight different aspects of STEM and computer science in our District.

The apps will be evaluated by a panel of local judges who work within the academic, software, and entrepreneurial fields. The winning app from each congressional district will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website ( and displayed in a U.S. Capitol exhibit.

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