Congressional App Challenge

Congresswoman Elaine Luria is pleased to announce her office’s involvement in the Congressional App Challenge and encourages all students to participate.

The Congressional App Challenge is an annual competition for middle and high school students to develop original apps and submit them to congressional offices. The Challenge encourages students to explore and pursue STEM courses and industries. 

Each congressional office will choose a winner for its district and the winners will be invited to Washington, DC for the #HouseOfCode 2020 reception. More information is available here.


  1. Who is eligible:
    • Students must be in middle or high school at the time the contest closes: November 1
    • Students may ​not participate after having graduated from high school
    • Students may compete in either:
      • the district in which they reside, or 
      • the district in which they attend school.
      • Check to see what district you or your school are in: here.
  2. Where to sign up:
  3. Students have between now and November 1, 2019 to register and submit apps:
  4. Rules:
    • Any given student may only compete in ​one district.
    • Students may compete as individuals or in teams of up to four.
      • If competing as a team: At least two of the teammates must be eligible to compete within the district in which they are submitting.
    • Students can use any programming language (C, C++, Java, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, etc.) or "block code."
    • Students may use any platform (PC, web, tablet, robot, Raspberry Pi, mobile, etc.) 
    • For a complete list of rules please visit here.
  5. Winners will be invited to meet Congresswoman Elaine Luria at her Virginia Beach office in December!
  6. Contact Caleb Smith from Congresswoman Luria’s office for additional information:
    • Phone: 757-364-7634
    • Email: