August 13, 2019

Congressman Neguse to Host App Coding Challenge for Middle and High Schoolers

Washington D.C.—  Today, Congressman Joe Neguse announced that his office will be hosting a congressional app challenge for middle and high school students in the district, designed to encourage student participation in computer science and coding. The challenge will be open to students of all skill-levels across the district for the next 12 weeks, giving participants the opportunity to code a unique app individually or in teams of up to 4 participants and compete against their peers. The challenge will encourage students to develop STEM and computer-based skills, essential for economic growth and innovation across Colorado.

“I am incredibly excited to host a district-wide app challenge to showcase our students drive, intelligence and creativity,’ said Congressman Neguse. “This competition is an excellent way to encourage computer science and STEM skills that are essential for economic innovation and growth in the future.”

By some estimates, the U.S. may be short by as many as 1 million programmers by 2020, making investments in STEM and computer-based skills absolutely essential for economic innovation nationwide. To maintain American competitiveness, it’s crucial that the United States invest in youth now and help acquire these valuable skills.

The challenge is open to students of all skill levels and will also prioritize inclusivity and accessibility for all participants. The competition will accept computer programs written in any programming language for any platform. The deadline to register for the challenge is September 10th, app submissions will be due November 1st.

For more information on the Congressional App Challenge and to enter the contest please visit: