Congressional App Challenge


U.S. Congressman Michael C. Burgess is pleased to host the 2021 Congressional App Challenge (CAC), an app competition for students in middle and high school who reside and/or attend school in the 26th Congressional District of Texas. The competition is open to private, public and home-schooled students.

The CAC is an initiative of the U.S. House of Representatives to encourage middle school and high school students to learn coding and inspire their pursuit of careers in computer science. Over the last five years, the CAC program has sponsored more than 1000 App Challenges across 48 states and thousands of functional apps have been created by over 25,000 students. 

The Challenge’s registration portal officially opens on June 24th. Students are encouraged to register online by September 30th before submitting their app by the November 1, 2021 deadline. The competition is open to all students who meet the eligibility requirements, regardless of coding experience. Students of all skill levels are strongly encouraged to participate and learn how to create their own apps.

The Grand Prize winner for Texas’ 26th District will be selected by a panel of expert judges drawn from the local community and participating students will honored by Congressman Burgess later this year. The winning app will be featured on display in the U.S. Capitol building, on the U.S. House of Representatives website as well as on the Congressional App Challenge website.

The Congressional App Challenge was created to encourage student participation in STEM, especially in computer science and coding. This national effort affords students the opportunity to develop highly marketable skills, compete alongside their peers and is designed to promote innovation and engagement. The Congressional App Challenge is the most prestigious national prize for students in computer science! View the student information flyer here: CAC 2021 Flyer.

Submission Rules and Requirements:

1. To be eligible, students must:

  • Be currently enrolled in middle or high school (6th – 12th grade). Note: Students may not participate after having graduated high school.
  • Reside &/or attend school in the 26th Congressional District of Texas (open to private, public, and home-schooled students).
  • If entering as a group, there may be no more than 4 members (at least 2 members per group must live &/or attend school in Texas’ 26th Congressional District).
  • Submit your app by the November 1, 2021 deadline and follow other stated requirements. (Students are encouraged to register online by September 30th prior to submitting their app by November 1st.) The competition is open to all students who meet the eligibility requirements, regardless of coding experience.

2. Each student’s app may cover any topic of their choice, as long as their app meets the standards of eligibility, are appropriate, original, and created within one year of the submission deadline (e.g. any time after October 20th, 2020). 

3. Each student’s app may be written in any programming language (C, C++, Java, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, or "block code"), for any platform (desktop/PC, web, mobile, raspberry Pi, etc.).

4. Students (individual and/or group) may only submit one app.

5. Students must complete the Sign-up Form and will be asked to answer a series of questions including: ▪ Title of the app. ▪ The coding language used. ▪ What they were trying to accomplish and why. ▪ An explanation of a difficulty they faced in programming the app and how it was overcome. ▪ What improvements the students would make if they were going to create a version 2.0 of their app.

6. Students must create a 1 - 3 minute video, post it on YouTube or Vimeo and submit the link on the CAC submission form. The video must be set up to public view. Videos that are longer than 3 minutes will be penalized per the judges’ discretion.

7. An Exit Questionnaire will be emailed to all students following the submission of their app.

For further information about the Congressional App Challenge, please visit or contact Robin Vaughan, Deputy District Director, in Congressman Burgess’ Lake Dallas district office by email: or phone: 940-497-5031.