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Congressman Alex X. Mooney Announces 2019 Congressional App Challenge

Congressman Alex X. Mooney Announces 2019 Congressional App Challenge

Today, Congressman Alex X. Mooney announced that the he will be hosting a Congressional App Challenge (CAC), an app competition for students in middle and high school.

“I am pleased to offer this program for students across our district to showcase their technical skills and inspire others to pursue careers in coding or computer science. The world of technology is rapidly changing, and I will continue to work in Congress to ensure that young people have the skills and resources needed to be successful in the workforce, said Congressman Mooney.

The CAC accepts computer programs (or apps) written in any programming language, for any platform (desktop/PC, web, mobile, raspberry Pi, etc.).

The Challenge’s submission portal is now open. Students are encouraged to register online by September 10​, 2019 ​before submitting their app by November 1, 2019. The competition is open to all students who meet the eligibility requirements, regardless of coding experience.

We strongly encourage students of all skill levels to participate and learn how to create their own apps. Winners will be selected by panels of judges drawn from the local community and honored by their Member of Congress. Their apps are eligible to be featured on display in the U.S. Capitol building, on and on the Congressional App Challenge website.

The CAC was created because Congress recognized that STEM and computer-based skills are essential for economic growth and innovation and that the U.S. has been falling behind on these fronts. By some estimates, the U.S. may be short by as many as 1 million programmers by 2020. These are high-paying, high-demand jobs. To maintain American competitiveness, it’s crucial that the United States invests in our youth now and helps them acquire these valuable skills. The CAC encourages students to pursue those skills and recognizes them for their efforts.

Recognizing the racial, gendered and other disparities in the tech sector, the CAC also focuses on inclusivity and making the Challenge as accessible as possible to people from all backgrounds. Deliberate efforts will be made to include students from all backgrounds, including those traditionally underrepresented in tech.

For further information about the Congressional App Challenge, please visit or contact Congressman Mooney’s Charleston Office  at 304-925-5964.