Congressional App Challenge

2017 Congressional App Challenge

I am pleased to announce that my office is participating in the 2017 Congressional App Challenge.  This competition is designed to encourage student participation in computer science and coding, and will take place from through November 1st  of this year.

Officially launched by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2015, this nationwide effort allows students to compete against their peers by creating and an application or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices.  The Challenge is designed to encourage students to learn how to code by creating their own applications, while highlighting the value of computer science and STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).


Register and Submit

The Congressional App Challenge is open to all students in the 8th Congressional District of Ohio who meet the eligibility requirements, regardless of coding experience.  I strongly encourage students of all skill levels to participate and to learn how to create their own apps.  Students entering the competition must submit their app via during the Competition Submission Period that end at 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time on NOVEMBER 1ST, 2017.

Submissions will be judged, by a panel of experts, on the following criteria: quality of the idea, including creativity and originality; implementation of the idea, including user experience and design; and demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills.

The winner from Ohio’s 8th Congressional District will be featured on, and the winning app will also be on display in the U.S. Capitol, honoring the winners from across the country.

For more information and to register, please visit the official Congressional App Challenge website at or contact Sharon Hughes at 513-779-5400 or