October 15, 2020

Congressman Neguse Hosts 2nd Annual App-A-Thon

Washington D.C. – Last week Congressman Joe Neguse hosted his 2nd annual App-a-thon with a panel of coding experts from Google and IBM. Middle and high school students heard from the panel and were then able to present their ideas to coders and engineers in smaller breakout rooms, while also receiving tutoring from the experts.

The App-a-thon is just one part of the Congressional App Challenge (CAC) hosted every year in the nation’s congressional districts. The Challenge invites middle and high school students to program an app in a district-based competition. Winners of the competition are publicly recognized by their representative and have a chance for their app to be hosted in the U.S. Capitol Building for a year.

Andrew Woen, the winner of Congressman Neguse’s inaugural competition last year, said, "Sometimes life puts you on a road that you never planned to take, and sometimes it's for the better. I was happy to see so many passionate students willing to improve their skills at the Virtual App-a-thon; it's the passion that really makes the product. No matter what path they end on, I know they will all be able to learn, grow, and find success from this experience."

“The Congressional App Challenge is a fantastic opportunity for our students to showcase their entrepreneurial skills and bold thinking.” said Neguse “This pandemic has also underscored that now more than ever, computer and STEM skills are crucial to the success of our economy. The Congressional App Challenge fosters these important skills among our next generation of leaders and innovators.”

This year’s competition will allow participants to compete individually or up to teams of four. Those who are interested in participating are encouraged to contact Congressman Neguse’s office. This year’s deadline to apply is October 19th. More information on the Challenge can be found here.