Rep. Larsen launches 2018 Congressional App Challenge

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) launched the 2018 Congressional App Challenge Friday, August 31, an application competition for high school students.

The competition, which runs through October 15 is open to high school students who live in or attend school in Washington’s Second Congressional District. Students may compete as individuals or in teams of up to four. Students can only enter the competition once. Students can create computer programs (or apps) written in any programming language, for any platform including desktop/PC, web and mobile.

“Washington state continues to be a leader in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) with more than 313,000 high school students and 165,000 two-year college students enrolled in CTE programs,” said Larsen. “I have seen the creativity of students in classrooms across Northwest Washington first-hand and look forward to seeing that creativity come through in the submissions this year.”

Students can sign up to participate here. Students can register as a team or individual until 9 p.m. PST on October 15, 2018 but are encouraged to register by September 10, 2018 to receive extra support and tips. Apps must be submitted by October 15. Winners will be honored by Rep. Larsen and might have their apps electronically displayed in the United States Capitol building.

In 2016, Burlington-Edison High School senior Alexandria Kissas won with an app designed to help people organize multiple lists on their smart phones.

Additional questions can be directed to Amanda Munger in Congressman Larsen’s Washington, office at or 202-225-2605.


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