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App Contest!

Are you a tech-savvy high school student who dreams of being the next Mark Zuckerberg? Do you have an idea for an awesome app?

Each year, Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger invites students to compete in the  annual "Congressional App Challenge," which recognizes the student who designs the best original new software application, or "app" for mobile, tablet or other computer devices on a platform of your choice. The contest is open to all high school students in Maryland's 2nd Congressional District. Students entering the competition must submit their app’s source code online before the deadline as well as provide a YouTube or VIMEO video demo explaining their app and what they learned through this competition process. All entries must be original in concept, design and execution.

Apps are judged based on the following criteria: quality of the idea, including creativity and originality; implementation of the idea, including user experience and design; and demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills. The winner will be chosen by an independent panel of expert judges. The winner from the Second District will be featured on and the winning app will also be on display in the U.S. Capitol with other winners from across the country. 

The 2019 competition has concluded. The deadline for the 2020 competition will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

To enter, visit to complete a sign-up form and review complete contest rules.

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