Maine Representatives Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin have invited Maine students to participate in the 2017 Congressional App Challenge.


Students have until November 1, 2017, to develop and submit their own desktop, web-based or mobile app—a winning app from each of Maine’s Congressional Districts will be chosen to receive national recognition.

Congresswoman Pingree says, “I applaud how Maine schools are using STEM education to prepare our students for the jobs of tomorrow.  This competition is an exciting opportunity to put those skills to the test while learning how to develop the smartphone apps we use every day. I hope students give it a shot—I can’t wait to see what they come up with.”

“Never has it been more important for our students to have the practical experience to use and master digital technologies,” said Congressman Poliquin.  “This program will give students across Maine the unique opportunity to broaden their skills and learn in a fun and competitive environment.”

Students can participate as individuals or in a team of up to four.  The apps can cover any topic. In addition to the app, students must submit a 1-3 minute video explaining their app and how it works.

Submissions will be judged on 1) the creativity and originality of the app idea; 2) user experience and design of the idea’s implementation; and 3) quality of coding and programming.

The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2017. Students can register for the competition at


More information on the competition, as well as resources for teachers and students, can be found at

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