Clay Launches 2019 Congressional App Challenge


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Clay Launches 2019 Congressional App Challenge

Calling All High School Coders…Congress Wants to See Your Best App!


WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay (D) Missouri is accepting student submissions for the 2019 Congressional App Challenge, a new, STEM-based, student competition for top high school coders who want to submit an original computer application for this prestigious competition.  The winner, whom will be selected by a panel of independent, expert judges, will travel to Washington, DC to unveil their original application at #HouseOfCode, the springtime computer science fair and reception held in their honor in Washington, D.C.   Deadline for submissions is November 1st, 2019.

“I’m so pleased to invite St. Louis’ best young coders to take part in this exciting new competition,” said the Congressman.  “The Congressional App Competition is a great way to kick open the door to an exciting future in STEM and to help us close the digital divide as well.  The St. Louis region is a hot-bed for innovation, groundbreaking new computer technologies, and STEM creativity.  Winning the CAC is a huge honor for young coders, and I urge them to submit their best work.”


The Challenge’s submission portal is now open. Students are encouraged to register online and to submit their app by November 1st. The competition is open to all high school students who meet the eligibility requirements, regardless of coding experience. The CAC accepts computer programs (or apps) written in any programming language, for any platform (desktop/PC, web, mobile, raspberry Pi, etc.). Students may submit an app that they have created within the last calendar year, as long as the app meets the submission requirements.

We strongly encourage students of all skill levels to participate and learn how to create their own apps. Their apps are eligible to be featured on display in the U.S. Capitol building, on and on the Congressional App Challenge website.

The CAC was created because Congress recognized that STEM and computer-based skills are essential for economic growth and innovation and that the U.S. has been falling behind on these fronts. By some estimates, the U.S. may be short by as many as 1 million programmers by 2020. These are high-paying, high-demand jobs. To maintain American competitiveness, it’s crucial that the United States invests in our youth now and helps them acquire these valuable skills. The CAC encourages students to pursue those skills and recognizes them for their efforts.

Recognizing the racial, gendered and other disparities in the tech sector, the CAC also focuses on inclusivity and making the Challenge as accessible as possible to people from all backgrounds.

For more information about the Congressional App Challenge, and to submit your best work, please visit or contact Congressman Clay’s district office at (314) 669-9393.