Hoyer an­nounces an­nual App Chal­lenge for high school stu­dents

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Con­gress­man Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md., 5th) an­nounced the launch of the third an­nual Con­gres­sional App Chal­lenge for high school stu­dents in Mary­land’s Fifth Con­gres­sional Dis­trict.

Es­tab­lished by the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives in 2013, this com­pe­ti­tion is a na­tion­wide event that in­vites stu­dents from all par­tic­i­pat­ing Con­gres­sional dis­tricts to com­pete, ei­ther in­di­vid­u­ally or in a group of up to four, by cre­at­ing and pre­sent­ing an orig­i­nal soft­ware ap­pli­ca­tion, or “app,” for a mo­bile, tablet, or com­puter plat­form of their choice. The con­test, mod­eled off the long-suc­cess­ful Con­gres­sional Art Com­pe­ti­tion, is de­signed to pro­mote in­no­va­tion and en­gage­ment in the STEM ed­u­ca­tion fields. The win­ning in­di­vid­ual or team will be rec­og­nized at an awards cer­e­mony with Con­gress­man Hoyer, fea­tured on Hoyer. house.gov and Con­gres­sion­alAp­pChal­lenge.us, and the win­ning app will be placed on dis­play in the U.S. Capi­tol along­side win­ners from across the coun­try.

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 that end up par­tic­i­pat­ing, the Mary­land Fifth Dis­trict win­ner could re­ceive around $200-$300 of this prize. This award will pro­vide stu­dents with the re­sources they need to keep pur­su­ing their skills long af­ter the chal­lenge ends.

The Con­gres­sional App Chal­lenge is open to all high school stu­dents who live in or are el­i­gi­ble to at­tend public schools lo­cated in Mary­land’s Fifth Con­gres­sional Dis­trict. Stu­dents en­ter­ing the com­pe­ti­tion must sub­mit source code along with a YouTube or VIMEO video that ex­plains and demon­strates their app and what they learned through the com­pe­ti­tion process.

The fi­nal sub­mis­sion dead­line is Nov. 2. Stu­dents are also en­cour­aged to chron­i­cle their progress on so­cial me­dia us­ing the hash­tag #CAC16.

More details on reg­is­ter­ing, sub­mit­ting a con­test en­try, the rules of the com­pe­ti­tion and help­ful pro­gram­ming re­sources can be found at Con­gres­sion­alAp­pChal­lenge.us.

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