Slaughter Launches 3rd Annual Congressional App Challenge for New York’s 25th Congressional District
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) launched the third annual Congressional App Challenge to promote innovation in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The Congressional App Challenge is designed to stimulate high school students’ creativity and increase participation in STEM education fields. Submissions are due by November 2, 2016.
“There are more than eight billion mobile devices in use today, one for every person on this planet. I have no doubt that one of Rochester’s own could create the next great app that could be featured on every single one of them. I have never failed to be impressed with what students come up with, and I know the judges would agree. I want to encourage all high school students from across our region to participate in the third annual Congressional App Challenge and I look forward to seeing the winning app on display in the United States Capitol,” said Slaughter.
Established by members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, this competition is a nationwide event that allows students from across the country to create and exhibit their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices. Students from Slaughter’s congressional district will compete against one another to show off their creativity and technical ability. Last year, Webster Thomas’s Andrew Aikens was declared the winner from New York’s 25th Congressional District for his app “BerrySwitch” which facilitates home automation to control household appliances anywhere in the world from their mobile device.
Students may compete as individuals or in teams of up to four. Students must submit their app online by midnight on November 2, 2016, as well as provide a video demo explaining their app and what they learned through this competition process. In an effort to increase participation, Slaughter’s competition will not require students to create source code for their app, though students are encouraged to create some source code for their app, even if it is just the app’s home screen.
The submitted apps will be judged by an appointed panel of individuals within the academic, software, and entrepreneurial fields. The winning student or team’s app will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website (www.House.gov), as well as displayed in the U.S. Capitol. In addition, the Internet Education Foundation has announced that Amazon Web Services (AWS) has donated $50,000 in AWS credits – which can be utilized to access computing, storage, database, and many other resources on the AWS platform – to be divided among the winning students.
Additional details on the Congressional App Challenge can be found on the official Congressional App Challenge website at: www.congressionalappchallenge.us.