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Womack Invites Students to Participate in 2022 Congressional App Challenge

As the new school year starts, Congressman Womack encourages all Third District middle and high school students to participate in the Congressional App Challenge

Washington, DC—August 16, 2022….As many Arkansans begin a new school year this week, Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) invites all Third District middle and high school students to participate in the 2022 Congressional App Challenge. By encouraging America’s youth to pursue an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, the competition hopes to inspire the next generation of innovators and help build our pipeline of skilled workers.

Congressman Womack said, “The beginning of the school year marks the start of new opportunities and challenges. As our classrooms fill with the best and brightest, I know inquisitive minds and creative thinking are being activated. Remember, your idea could be the next winning app! I encourage all local middle and high school students to leverage their STEM skills and participate in this year’s challenge!”  

The Congressional App Challenge is open to all middle and high school students in Arkansas’s Third Congressional District, regardless of coding experience. Students can enter to participate as an individual or team of up to four people. Entrants can use any programming languages and computer platforms when developing their apps. Applications must be submitted by November 1, 2022 (11AM CT).

Applications will be judged by a panel of local industry experts. The winning app will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website and put on display in the U.S. Capitol. Last year’s winner was Veera Sai Joshik Unnam, a student at Haas Hall Academy (Bentonville). He developed AttendGo, an automated attendance recording app that uses state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to capture attendance while students enter the classroom. Veera is currently the reigning Third District champion after winning both the 2020 and 2021 challenges.

This is the eighth year that Womack has hosted the Congressional App Challenge. The Natural State has consistently had every congressional district partake in the competition, making Arkansas one of the top Congressional App Challenge participants per capita from across the United States. For additional information about the Congressional App Challenge, students may visit this link or contact Congressman Womack’s Office at (479) 424-1146.

Important Details

  • App submissions will be accepted until November 1, 2022 (11AM CT).
  • Submissions may be from individuals or groups consisting of up to four people.
  • Participants must fill out the Congressional App Challenge Student Registration Form before submitting their app.
  • Additional rules and eligibility information can be found here.

Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) has represented Arkansas’s Third Congressional District since 2011. He is a member of the House Appropriations Committee.



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