The Congressional App Challenge, a competition designed to encourage student participation in computer science and coding, will take place from July 26 until Nov. 1.

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

The Congressional App Challenge is open to all students in Florida’s Second Congressional District, which includes Gulf County. Students entering the competition must submit their app on CongressionalAppChallenge.us during the Competition Submission Period between 12 p.m. ET on July 26 and 12 p.m. ET on Nov. 1.

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 Florida’s Second Congressional District, chosen by a panel of expert judges, will be featured on CongressionalAppChallenge.us, 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 CongressionalAppChallenge.us or contact Congressman Dunn’s District Office at 850-891-8610.