Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas

Olson Invites Students to Participate in Congressional App Challenge

July 26, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC –Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) invites TX-22 students to enter the Congressional App Challenge. Participants will create and exhibit a software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet or computer devices. This competition is designed to challenge student’s creativity and encourage their participation in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.

“In the growing field of technology, innovative computer applications are at the core of our future,” Rep. Pete Olson said. “This competition is a great opportunity to encourage the next generation of students to get involved in critical STEM fields, while allowing them to learn, create and present an app that is entirely theirs. I’m excited to join my colleagues this year in hosting this notable competition and look forward to seeing the talent and creativity of TX-22’s youth at work.”

High school students who live in TX-22 are eligible to apply. Students can submit an app individually or as part of a team. The winning app will be displayed in the US Capitol Building and on two websites, which can be found here and here. The first place winner or team will be invited to Washington, DC for a #HouseOfCode event and to meet Olson. The winner or winning team from each district will also split $50,000 in Amazon Web Services credits. 

The competition will run from July 26, 2017 through November 1, 2017. Winners will be chosen and announced in December. More information on the challenge and important dates can be found here. To apply and submit an application, please visit this website


Media Contact: Melissa Kelly