Thank you to Congressional App Challenge for having me as an intern this year! It was lovely working with the team in-person. Attending #HouseOfCode again this year but from an entirely different perspective as a volunteer was also an amazing new experience. It was so great to see the apps that I’ve heard talked about in all the pitch videos I helped vet through in their live and realized form as well as the passionate and creative student innovators behind the apps.
Link to 2017 Congressional App Challenge Winner Results that I assisted with assembling together: http://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/about/2017-winners/
The App Challenge submission deadline was November 1st and since then we’ve been hard at work going through submissions, getting in touch with judges, and preparing for the big winner announcements Dec. 7th during #CSEdWeek!
From preliminary statistics this year, we have doubled the number of participants, participating congressional districts, and submitted apps compared to last year, which is absolutely incredible!
There’s a new article on American Libraries’ site with 30,000+ readers ft. the Congressional App Challenge and my community work with hosting library coding workshops written by Rachel Décoste, Director of the Congressional App Challenge.
Here’s int information on the Congressional App Challenge Meetups that I will be hosting at the East Brunswick Public Library to prepare students for competing in the Challenge and are as posted.
More information on each workshop can be found here:
I just started working as the only high school intern with Internet Education Foundation in Washington D.C., the official coordinator of the Congressional App Challenge!
The Internet Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supported by public interest groups, corporations, and associations representative of the diversity of the Internet community. The IEF Mission is to:
- Assure informed policymaking on Internet-related issues within both government and the private sector
- Promote the Internet as a valuable medium for democratic participation, communications, and commerce
- Encourage coalitions of corporations, industry associations, and public interest groups to work together on addressing important Internet-related policy issues and engaging in educational outreach projects
The Congressional App Challenge (CAC) is a public effort to encourage kids to learn how to code, through annual district-wide competitions hosted by Members of Congress for their district. The CAC’s mission is to inspire, include, and innovate efforts around STEM, coding, and computer science education:
- Inspire: To inspire students from every corner of the country to explore STEM, coding and computer science through hands-on practice;
- Include: To actively include and engage students from communities that are traditionally underrepresented in the tech community; and
- Innovate: To innovate policymaking by connecting Members of Congress to new and emerging technologies through personal interactions with their student constituents.