Since 2013


Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

App Challenge

The Congressional App Challenge aims to engage students’ creativity and encourage youth participation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Established in 2013, the nationwide competition highlights the importance of STEM education for upcoming generations as they prepare to enter the contemporary, tech-driven world. The winning app will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website and displayed in a special U.S. Capitol exhibit along with the winners from other states and districts.

As a strong supporter of STEM education, I believe the most important investment we can make is in the next generation who will go on to power San Diego’s innovation economy. The competition is a chance for students to develop STEM skills, embrace their creativity, learn about the variety of STEM applications, and recognize the limitless possibilities of coding and computer design.

Middle and high school students from San Diego, Coronado and Poway are invited to compete by designing, creating and showcasing their very own software application. The apps can be made for mobile, tablet or computer devices and can be constructed on any platform of their choosing.

If you have any questions about the competition or submission guidelines please contact my San Diego office at 858-455-5550.

Can I Participate?

The Competition is open to San Diego high school and middle school students. Individuals submitting on behalf of teams must meet the eligibility requirements for individual contestants.


How Can I Enter?

Register on the Congressional App Challenge website for the 2022 Challenge. 

All entries must be an original in concept, design, and execution.

Learn more about the App Challenge here. 


2021 Winner

Ayush Nayak developed “Optix” which uses a device’s camera as well as Machine Learning models to try to understand the world around it. The app then uses sound to relay that information to the person utilizing the application. You can watch a demo of the app here.

Resources for Students and Teachers