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Herrera Beutler announces app-building competition


September 20, 2017

U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler announced Wednesday that Southwest Washington will be participating in the annual Congressional App Challenge, an original app competition for students in high school and below.

“I am pleased to help host the app challenge in Southwest Washington again this year and look forward to seeing what kind of innovation is produced,” said Herrera Beutler. “It’s important for the future of our economy that students have a meaningful outlet to pursue their interest in STEM, and this is a really fun way to do that.”

For this contest, Herrera Beutler invites high school students to create software applications, or “apps,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. The winners will be chosen by a panel of judges made up of local technology professionals and STEM educators. There is broad discretion on the purpose of the app and students can work individually or in groups up to four.

Winners will be honored by Herrera Beutler and her office and will be able to attend the 2017 #HouseOfCode Celebration in Washington, D.C.

How to register:

• To register and read the competition rules, visit

• Submissions are due by November 1st.

Purpose of the Congressional App Challenge:

The Congressional App Competition was created because Congress recognized that Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and computer-based skills are essential for economic growth and innovation, and that the U.S. has been falling behind on these fronts. By some estimates, the U.S. may be short by many as a million programmers by 2020. These are high-paying, high-demand jobs. To maintain American competitiveness, its crucial students are given the opportunity to acquire these valuable skills.


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