Tri-Valley high school students with tech skills are being called on to create a software application for any platform to compete in the return of U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell’s annual Congressional App Challenge.
As a part of a nationwide program, the challenge hopes to encourage high school students to participate in STEM courses. By recognizing the talents of young programmers, the initiative hopes to show the growing importance of these skills in the modern world.
“The Congressional App Challenge encourages bright, young, talented minds to think bigger, which is what they’ll need as they grow up and find their places in the ever-changing innovation economy,” Swalwell told the Pleasanton Weekly. “This is an opportunity to meet and make new friends, stretch your brain, and perhaps create something that makes life easier, healthier, or more fun.”
Submissions will be judged on the quality and originality of the idea, user experience, design, and the designers demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills, according to Swalwell’’s office.
The competition will be held and judged in person Sept. 29 at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s High Performance Computing Innovation Center, 7000 East Ave. L-780 in Livermore. Students are encouraged to arrive at 8:30 a.m. for check-in and can build their apps on site until 1 p.m. at which point judging will begin. The event is expected to conclude around 5 p.m.
Winners will be selected by Swalwell and a panel of local experts. The victor's work will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol and featured on the House of Representatives website with the winning apps from other Congressional districts.
Interested students in Swalwell's District 15, which includes Pleasanton, will need to register prior to Sept. 29 on the national Congressional App Challenge website.