Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Congressional App Challenge

We are pleased to announce the 2017 Congressional App Challenge (CAC). The CAC is a competition designed to engage students from across the country in computer science and coding. More than ever before, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills, including computer science, are vital to compete in the workforce, to build a culture of innovation and to spur economic growth. The competition is intended to promote student engagement in STEM fields and to encourage them to pursue skills that will serve them throughout their careers. Students of any age, whether in elementary, middle, or high school are encouraged to compete by creating and exhibiting an app for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.

The 2017 CAC is open to any student who lives in or attends school in the Fifth Congressional District of Indiana. Students who have already graduated high school are not eligible to participate. Students who enter the CAC must submit their app to the Congressional App Challenge website here during the Competition Submission Period between 12:00pm ET on July 26, 2017 and 12:00pm ET on November 1, 2017.

An expert panel of judges will evaluate each submission based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of the idea;
  • Creativity and originality;
  • Implementation of the idea;
  • User experience and design; and
  • Demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills.

The winners will be announced the week of December 4-10 during Computer Science Education Week. The winner of the Fifth District of Indiana’s CAC will be featured on a display in the U.S. Capitol Building along with other honorees from across the county.

More information about the challenge can be found here. A special section for students interested in participating is online here

If you have any questions regarding the App Challenge, please contact David Burian in our Carmel office at (317) 848-0201 or by e-mail at

Check out the entry from the 2016 CAC Winner, Mr. Jack Sutton from Hamilton Southeastern High School

Click here to watch Jack recieve his award for his app, Leon. 

2016 Winner: Mr. Jack Sutton 

App: Leon: Your Due Diligence Assistant, an app designed to shorten the process on doing background research to see if you want to buy a specific company's stock.

I can’t wait to see the new apps and ideas the great students of Indiana’s fifth district come up with this year.