I am writing to provide information about the upcoming Congressional App Challenge. The competition is open to all students who meet the eligibility requirements, regardless of coding experience. Students of all skill levels are encouraged to participate and learn how to make their own apps. Winners of the Congressional App Challenge will be selected by a panel of judges, drawn from the local community, and honored by Congressman Blum at a final event on November 12, 2016. Along with receiving prizes donated by local tech and entrepreneurship companies throughout the district, the winning team will have their app featured on a display in the U.S. Capitol building and on the Congressional App Challenge website.

Our office has partnered with the Iowa Startup Accelerator to host an App-A-Thon to help students develop an app from scratch or improve an app already in the works. The App-A-Thon will be held September 24, 2016 and all students are welcome to attend at no cost. To RSVP for the App-A-Thon, visit: https://app-a-thon.eventbrite.com.

This competition is designed to engage student creativity and encourage their participation in STEM education fields. Established by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, this competition is part of a nationwide event that allows high school students from across the country to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application, or app, for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. It is designed to promote innovation and engagement in STEM education fields.

For contest rules, registration, and eligibility information, visit www.CongressionalAppChallenge.us or contact Alexah Rogge in my Cedar Rapids Office at (563) 581-8105 or [email protected].

Thank you!!