McCaul Announces 2017 Congressional App Challenge
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10) announced that his office will be participating in the 2017 Congressional App Challenge.
Congressman McCaul: “The Congressional App Challenge is another great opportunity to showcase the amazing talent among students throughout the 10th Congressional District of Texas. In the first two years, this competition has reached nearly 4,000 students across 33 states. We must continue to invest in our students’ STEM education by providing these types of opportunities that encourage them to exercise those skills. I look forward to seeing this year’s entries and encourage all high school age students to consider submitting their application for the chance to have their creation showcased on a national stage.”
The Congressional App Challenge is open to all students who have not yet graduated from high school and are residing in the 10th Congressional District of Texas. Amazon Web Services (AWS) has generously donated $50,000 in AWS credits to be divided among the winning students. This donation will give students access to the renowned tech platform and will substantially boost their ability to pursue their STEM education. Additionally, the winning student will be invited to the U.S. Capitol. Our office will help facilitate their Washington, D.C. experience. The winning apps put on display in the U.S. Capitol Building, on house.gov, and on congressionalappchallenge.us.
Applications can be submitted anytime between July 26th, 2017 and November 1st, 2017. On the website, you will find the guidelines. Winners will be announced in December.
The Congressional App Challenge, now in its third year, takes place from July through early November. It was created because Congress recognized that STEM skills, and particularly those surrounding coding and computer science, are essential for America’s economic growth and innovation.
In the past few years, the U.S. has been falling behind in our competitive ability to train enough people to meet demand – and the gap is expanding. Encouraging students to learn the skills required for app development improves their long-term employment prospects, and will help fill the expanding gap between the tech labor force and employer demand. To maintain American competitiveness, it’s crucial that the U.S. invests in our students’ STEM and CS education, and provides them with the opportunity and encouragement to exercise those skills. That is something that students in every district in our nation deserve. For more information, please contact McCaul’s Austin office at (512) 473-2357 or visit our website at McCaul.house.gov