Rep. Gabbard Accepting App Challenge Submissions

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. PC: Office of Tulsi Gabbard

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawai‘i) on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, announced that she is accepting submissions from Hawai‘i middle and high school students for the 2019 Congressional App Challenge, a nationwide app competition.

“The United States may be short as many as 1 million coders by 2020,” Rep. Gabbard said. “The Congressional App Competition is an opportunity for Hawaiʻi’s students to showcase their talents and creativity while exploring opportunities for success in America’s rapidly changing, technology-driven, 21st-century economy.”

Officially launched by the US House of Representatives in 2015, this nationwide effort allows students to compete against their peers by creating an application for desktop/PC, web, tablet, mobile, Raspberry Pi or other devices. The CAC accepts any programming language, such as C, C++, Java, JavaScript, Python, Ruby or block code. The challenge is designed to promote innovation and engagement in computer science.


Students of all skill levels are encouraged to participate and learn how to create their own apps. Winners will be selected by panels of judges, drawn from the community in Hawai‘i, and honored by Rep. Gabbard. Their apps are eligible to be featured on display in the US Capitol building, on and on the Congressional App Challenge website.

The challenge’s submission portal is now open. Students can register at and submit their app by Nov. 1, 2019. The competition is open to all students who meet the eligibility requirements, regardless of coding experience.


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