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Congressman Mark DeSaulnier

Representing the 11th District of California

Congressman DeSaulnier Announces the 2016 Congressional App Challenge

August 25, 2016
Press Release

Walnut Creek, CA – Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) today announced the second annual Congressional App Challenge (CAC), an app competition for U.S. high school students. High school students who live or attend school in California’s 11th Congressional District are invited to create and submit their own software application (“app”) for mobile, tablet, or other computing devices on a platform of their choice.

“I am excited to announce the kickoff of our 2016 Congressional App Challenge. This competition provides a unique opportunity for high school students to demonstrate their STEM skills. I invite students from across California’s 11th Congressional District to join their peers throughout the nation in showcasing the creativity of our young programmers,” said Congressman DeSaulnier.

The Challenge submission period will run from August 25, 2016 through November 2, 2016. Congressman DeSaulnier will recognize the submissions at a special ceremony in his District Office and the winner will be selected by a panel of local judges who work within the academic, software, and entrepreneurial fields. The winning app from California’s 11th Congressional District will be featured on the House of Representatives website with the winning apps from other Congressional districts.

Established by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, this competition is a nationwide event intended to engage students' creativity and encourage their participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields. By encouraging and recognizing our nation's young programming talent, Congress hopes to shine a light on the growing importance of these skills.

The Internet Education Foundation will be serving as the operational “sponsor” of the CAC. For further information about the Congressional App Challenge, please visit