The Congressional App Challenge

The Congressional App Challenge is an opportunity to recognize student engagement in the STEM field by encouraging them to hone their coding and computer science skills.

For the 2020 Congressional App Challenge, participants must be enrolled in middle school or high school within New Jersey’s 7th district for the 2020 fall semester in order to qualify for the competition. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges drawn from the local community and honored by the Congressman. Their apps are eligible to be featured on display in the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. as well as on Congressman Malinowski’s website and social media pages. Students must submit their app by October 19, 2020. Click here to register for this year's challenge.

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Officially launched by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2015, this nationwide effort allows students to compete against their peers by creating an app for desktop/PC, web, tablet, mobile, or other devices. Through recognizing our nation’s young programming talent, Congress hopes to shine a light on the growing importance of these skills.

Last year’s winners in NJ-07 were Justin Li, Noah Bergam and Julian Lee for their app called the Digital Humanities Lab.  The app they created compares the wording of novels, essays, and other literary works to highlight patterns that could bring about new discoveries for the students that use it.