Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Congressional App Challenge

2020 Congressional App Challenge: 

The 2020 Congressional App Challenge is a competition designed to engage students from across the country in computer science and coding. More than ever, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills including computer science, are vital to compete in today’s evolving workforce. The CAC competition is intended to promote student engagement in STEM fields and to encourage students in each participating congressional district to pursue skills that will serve them throughout their careers.

This year, the CAC is open to all middle or high school students who live in or attend school in the Fifth Congressional District of Indiana. Students who have already graduated high school are not eligible to participate.

Students who are eligible to participate are encouraged to compete individually or in groups of up to four students, by creating and exhibiting an app for a mobile, tablet or computer device on a platform of their choice.

The CAC is open from June 1 – October 19, 2020.

  • Students are only eligible to participate and compete in congressional districts that have signed up to participate in the Congressional App Challenge.
  • Students may only compete in one district.
  • Students may only submit one “app” or application.
  • The Congressional App Challenge is subject to all applicable United States federal laws and regulations. Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to the Official Rules.

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

  • Demonstration and understanding of computer programming skills;
  • Implementation and quality of the idea, and;
  • Originality and creativity of the app.

The winner(s) of the Fifth District’s Congressional App Challenge (CAC) will be featured on a display in a tunnel leading to the U.S. Capitol Building along with other honorees from across the country. They will also be invited to attend the House of Code reception in Washington, DC in spring 2021.

Registration and more information about the challenge can be found here:

If you have any questions regarding the Congressional App Challenge, please contact David Burian in our Carmel office at (317) 848.0201 or by e-mail at


2019 CAC Winners: Preston McCrary and Arnav Mehra
Juniors at Hamilton Southeastern High School 

2019 Winners: Mr. Preston McCrary and Mr. Arnav Mehra, Hamilton Southeastern High School.  

App: Ignosi allows those who may not have access to tutoring due to their location or financial situation by providing them with free tutoring for any subject they may need help in.

2018 CAC Winners: Evan Kenyon, Joseph Paavola, and Armaan Goel
Seniors at Carmel High School 


2018 Winners: Evan Kenyon, Joseph Paavola, and Armaan Goel. Jared Stigter and Andrew Sleugh also helped with the app. 

App: PassMaster is an electronic hall pass app that is user-friendly for both students and faculty.