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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

Quigley Announces 2017 Congressional App Challenge

Aug 8, 2017
Press Release

CHICAGO – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) announced that his office will be participating in the 2017 Congressional App Challenge, a competition that encourages students to design and create the next big app by exploring STEM, coding, and computer science through hands-on practice.

“From keeping in touch with friends and family to getting from point A to point B, apps have changed—and improved—the way that we live our lives,” said Rep. Quigley. “I’m confident that students in the Fifth District have the brainpower, talent, and originality necessary to build the next big app that addresses daily challenges or simply brings a smile to our face.”

Since 2014, Members of Congress have participated in the Congressional App Challenge to highlight the value of computer science and STEM education and encourage students to get involved in these invaluable fields. High school students can register starting now and then design, create, and submit their apps no later than November 1, 2017. The app can address whatever topic the student(s) is passionate about, whether it’s a game or a tool. For more information on eligibility requirements or how to enter the competition, click here.

Winners will be announced in December and are chosen by local tech professionals, teachers, and entrepreneurs, who will watch the applicants’ submission videos and read their question answers.

As an active member of the New Democrat Coalition, Rep. Quigley has been a strong supporter of advancing high-tech entrepreneurship, innovation, and STEM skills. This week, he celebrated Startup Day Across America by visiting Chicago incubator, mHUB.