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Congressman DeFazio to Host 2021 Congressional App Challenge

Sep 28, 2021
Press Release

Congressman Peter A. DeFazio (OR-04) is excited to announce that he will be hosting a Congressional App Challenge (CAC), an app competition for students in middle and high school.

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 at​ ​. The deadline for app submissions is November 1st. 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. These are high-paying, high-demand jobs. To maintain American competitiveness, it’s crucial that the United States invest in our youth now and help them acquire these valuable skills. The CAC encourages students to pursue those skills and recognizes them for their efforts.

Recognizing 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