Congressman Tim Ryan Announces 2020 Congressional App Challenge
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announced the 2020 Congressional App Challenge (CAC) for middle and high school students in Ohio's 13th Congressional District. The CAC accepts computer programs (or apps) written in any programming language, for any platform (desktop/PC, web, mobile, raspberry Pi, etc.). The competition is open to all students who meet the eligibility requirements, regardless of coding experience.
Students must submit their app by 12PM EST on October 19th.
“The Congressional App Challenge is an incredible opportunity for students to get to develop the skills that jobs of the future demand,” said Congressman Ryan. “I am proud to host this competition each year, and have been pleased by the enthusiastic participation from middle and high schools across our region. This program gives our students an exciting opportunity to get hands on experience learning what it takes to not only create an app, but what it is like to work in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) field – which is one of the fastest growing sectors across the nation.”
Students of all skill levels are strongly encouraged to participate and learn how to create their own apps. Winners will be selected by panels of judges drawn from the local community. Their apps are eligible to be featured on display in the U.S. Capitol building, on www.house.gov and on the Congressional App Challenge website.
The CAC was created because Congress recognized that STEM and computer-based skills are essential for economic growth and innovation and that the U.S. has been falling behind on these fronts. By some estimates, the U.S. may be short by as many as 1 million programmers by 2020. These are high-paying, high-demand jobs. To maintain American competitiveness, it’s crucial that the United States invests in our youth now and helps them acquire these valuable skills. The CAC encourages students to pursue those skills and recognizes them for their efforts.
Recognizing the racial, gendered and other disparities in the tech sector, the CAC also focuses on inclusivity and making the Challenge as accessible as possible to people from all backgrounds. Deliberate efforts will be made to include students from all backgrounds, including those traditionally underrepresented in tech.