Rep. Zoe Lofgren Announces CA-19's First Annual Congressional Student App Competition

January 31, 2014
Press Release

SAN JOSE, CA — Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) announced today that California's 19th Congressional District, which encompasses much of Silicon Valley's Santa Clara County, including parts of San Jose, Morgan Hill and Gilroy, will take part in the first annual nationwide House Student App Challenge to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) academic competition.  In announcing the competition, she encouraged interested high school students in the 19th district to compete in the challenge to develop innovative software applications, better known as "apps."


"It's become part of the lexicon to say 'there's an app for that,' and increasingly the world connects through mobile devices and cloud computing," said Rep. Lofgren. "The digital age is this century's New Frontier, offering both challenges and opportunities.  At the same time we are facing a growing shortage of STEM graduates even as the next decade is expected to create more than 8 million STEM job opportunities.  I'm hopeful that this competition will encourage students to tap their creativity in developing their own app and inspire them to venture further into STEM fields."  


The House Student App Challenge is open to all high school students located in the 19th Congressional District. Students entering the competition must provide a YouTube or VIMEO video demo explaining their app and what they learned through the competition process during the competition submission period between February 1, 2014 and April 30, 2014.


Established by the U.S. House of Representatives to promote innovation and engagement in the STEM education fields, the competition is part of a nationwide challenge that invites high school students from all congressional districts to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.  Congress has used competitive initiatives to encourage and recognize student talent and achievement, including through the annual Congressional Art Competition which has been held since 1982.


More details on submitting a contest entry, the rules of the competition, and helpful programming resources can be found here on Rep. Lofgren's website and at



# # #