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The Congressional App Challenge

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Do you have a great idea for a new app? Do you want to create a game or design an app to solve a problem?

As Rhode Island families get ready for the start of the 2016-2017 school year, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) is encouraging students who reside or attend school in the First Congressional District to take part in the 2016 Congressional App Challenge by designing an app for mobile, tablet, or personal computers on a platform of their choice. Have an awesome plan but need help actually creating the app? We may have tech mentors available! Contact Stefanie at if interested in being matched with a tech expert.

From July 18 through November 2, 2016, students in participating districts are invited to create their own original apps and submit them via the Congressional App Challenge website. Local judges, selected by the Member’s office, will evaluate the submissions and select an individual or team as the winner. The winning student(s) from each district will be recognized and honored by their Representative, and each district will have their winning app displayed in the Capitol Building.

What to Do:

What are the rules?

  • In order to participate, students must have not yet graduated high school. While there is no age minimum for the CAC, it is designed for secondary school students, ages 13-18.
  • Students may compete in the Congressional District they reside in OR where they attend high school.
  • Only one application may be submitted per contestant/small group, nationwide.
  • If working in a group of up to four (4) students, at least two of those students must reside/attend school in Rhode Island’s First Congressional District.

What to submit:

To submit your app, go to “Submit Solution” on the official Congressional App Challenge webpage.

Students must submit:

1. The title of their app

2. A one to four minute demonstration video explaining what your app’s function and purpose is. Students must upload this video to YouTube or Vimeo, and copy and paste the link on the Congressional App Challenge submission form.

3. A brief description in paragraph form, outlining what the app does. In this paragraph, include the names of your team members (if applicable).

4. Completion of Exit Questionnaire, which will be emailed to all participants upon app submission. Apps will only be viewed as complete if the Exit Questionnaire has been finished.

App Requirements?

  • Original
  • Appropriate
  • Created solely by contestant(s)
  • You can create any type of app you like within these guidelines!