Congressman John Shimkus

Representing the 15th District of Illinois


Congressional App Challenge

We are pleased to announce that the Congressional App Challenge, a competition designed to encourage student participation in computer science and coding, will take place from July 26th to November 1st this year.

Officially launched by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2015, this nationwide effort allows students to compete against their peers by creating and an application or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices. The Congressional App Challenge is designed to promote innovation and engagement in coding and computer science.

Register and Submit

The Congressional App Challenge is open to all students in the 15th Congressional District of Illinois. Students entering the competition must submit their app on during the Competition Submission Period between 12 PM (noon) Eastern Standard Time on July 26, 2017, and 12:00 PM (noon) Eastern Daylight Time on November 1, 2017.

Submissions will be judged 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 from the 15th Congressional District, chosen by a panel of expert judges, will be featured on, and the winning app will also be on display in the U.S. Capitol, honoring the winners from across the country.

For more information, please visit the official Congressional App Challenge website at or contact Jenny Pruitt at (618) 252-8271.