Congressional App Challenge

These are extraordinary times. Stay Safe, Stay at Home” orders to mitigate the risk of continuing the spread of the COVID-19 virus have radically disrupted the upcoming academic year for Connecticut’s students, teachers, administrators, and families.  As a result, educators and families alike are diligently preparing to re-imagine classroom instruction and re-engage students with the priority of maintaining the health and safety of all.

The 2020 Congressional App Challenge (CAC) is a nationwide event intended to engage students’ creativity and encourage their participation in STEM fields. This is an invitation for students to compete with their peers by creating and exhibiting an original software application (also known as an “app”). Students may compete as individuals or in teams of up to four, as long as at least two of the teammates reside or attend school in the fifth congressional district.

Aware of the need of support for students to participate, the team at the Congressional App Challenge has put together a comprehensive guide, Code At Home, full of free resources that students can use to learn how to code. Several support webinars are also available for educators, students, and their families to attend beginning on August 26, 2020. Registration for those webinars can be found here. 

Middle and high school students are encouraged to register online by September 10​​, 2020 but can register and submit up to the deadline of October 19, 2020. 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 which hosted a Challenge will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website ( and displayed in a U.S. Capitol exhibit.

Please see Rules and Guidelines for additional details. Students can also visit for more information. This is an opportunity for students to use this period of social distancing to sharpen their coding skills, learn how to collaborate virtually, and build apps that seek to better their communities. For any questions or concerns, please call Kim Wachtelhausen at 860-505-2186 or email