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Congressman Mark DeSaulnier

Representing the 11th District of California

Congressman DeSaulnier Kicks Off the 2017 Congressional App Challenge

July 26, 2017
Press Release

Walnut Creek, CA – Today, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) announced that he will host the third annual Congressional App Challenge (CAC) for California’s 11th District, an app coding 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.

“The Congressional App Challenge gives students the opportunity to strengthen and demonstrate their coding skills. I am continually impressed by the talent and ingenuity of our high school students, and look forward to seeing this year’s unique submissions. Students from across the district are invited to join their peers nationwide in showcasing the creativity of our young programmers,” said Congressman DeSaulnier

The Challenge submission period will run from July 26, 2017 through November 1, 2017. 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 displayed in the U.S. Capitol and 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 national event intended to engage students' creativity and encourage their participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields. By recognizing our nation's young programming talent, Congress hopes to shine a light on the growing importance of these skills. The competition has continued to grow, with more than 2,000 student participants last year.

For further information about the Congressional App Challenge, please visit