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Congressman Mark DeSaulnier

Representing the 11th District of California

Congressman DeSaulnier Kicks Off 2019 Congressional App Challenge

July 15, 2019
Press Release

Walnut Creek, CA – Today, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) announced that he will host the fifth annual Congressional App Challenge (CAC), 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.

“A mastery of STEM skills is critical in our rapidly changing workforce, and honing these skills early better prepares students for today and tomorrow’s workforce,” Congressman DeSaulnier said. “The Congressional App Challenge provides students with an opportunity to develop and showcase their coding talents. Past submissions have included creative apps that ranged from promoting better time management to relieving stress, and even streamlining medical information. I have no doubt that this year’s submissions will be equally as innovative and impressive, and I look forward to putting Contra Costa’s talent on display in Washington.”

The Challenge is now underway, and Congressman DeSaulnier’s office will be accepting submissions  until November 1, 2019. 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 in 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 nationwide event intended to engage students’ creativity and encourage their participation in STEM fields. By recognizing our nation’s young programming talent, we hope 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.

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