Congressman Rooney to host first Congressional App Challenge in Florida’s 19th district

Congressman Rooney will be hosting the first Congressional App Challenge (CAC) in southwest Florida, an app competition for students in middle and high school.

The CAC was created because Congress recognized that 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, it’s crucial that the United States invests in our youth now, and helps them acquire these valuable skills. The CAC encourages students to pursue those skills and recognizes them for their efforts.

Congressman Rooney stated, “This is my first time hosting a Congressional App Challenge in southwest Florida and it is great to see our students interested in learning how to code and furthering their knowledge in the computer science and STEM fields. I am encouraged to see our young people investing in the skills they can use to succeed in our transitioning economy, and I look forward to seeing the unique applications they create.”

The Challenge launches June 5th at 12pm. Students are encouraged to register online by September 10th before submitting their app by the final deadline of November 1st. The competition is open to all students who meet the eligibility requirements, regardless of coding experience.

The CAC accepts computer programs (or apps) written in any programming language (example: C, C++, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, “block code” etc.) and using any platform (PC, web, tablet, robot, mobile, etc.) Students must submit their final app to

We strongly encourage students of all skill levels to participate, to learn how to create their own apps. Winners will be selected by panels of judges, drawn from the local community, and honored by their Member of Congress. Their apps are eligible to be featured on a display in the U.S. Capitol building, on, and on the Congressional App Challenge website.

For further information about the Congressional App Challenge, please visit Congressman Rooney’s website at


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