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Congressman Eric Swalwell

Representing the 15th District of California


House App Contest

Congressional App Challenge

Each year, the House holds a Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, the “Congressional App Challenge.”  This competition is designed to engage student’s creativity and encourage their participation in STEM education fields.  Established by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, this competition is a nationwide event that allows high school students from across the country to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. The Congressional App Challenge is open to middle-school and high-school students in California's 15th Congressional District. 

Our District's 4th annual Hackathon - this year, focused on solving civic challenges - will be held Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15, at the Hayward Center for Education & Careers-Adult School’s Makerspace. Participants are asked to please bring their own laptops and bagged lunches.

Please register in advance! To do so, click here:

Students should arrive at the Hayward Adult School Makerspace at 8:30 a.m. Saturday to register and check in; they can stay to build their apps until 5:00 p.m. The space will open again at 9:00 a.m. Sunday morning for final app building, and judging will begin promptly at 1:00 p.m.


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