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Congressman Vicente Gonzalez

Representing the 15th District of Texas

Congressman Gonzalez Encourages South Texas Students to Participate in 2017 Congressional App Challenge

July 10, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON— Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) is glad to announce that the 15th District of Texas will participate in the third Congressional App Challenge (CAC), an app competition for students in high school and below.

The Challenge will run from July 26 through November 1, 2017. The competition is open to all students who meet the eligibility requirements, regardless of coding experience. We strongly encourage students of all levels to participate and practice on creating their own apps.

“The Congressional App Challenge fosters innovation in our schools and enables students from all levels to showcase their talents,” said Congressman Gonzalez.

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and be given Congressional recognition for their achievements in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and Computer Science. Their apps will be featured on a display in the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C., on, and on the Congressional App Challenge website.

The CAC was created because Congress recognized that STEM and computer-based skills are essential for economic growth and innovation. To maintain American competitiveness, it’s crucial that the United States invests in our youth now, and helps them acquire these valuable skills. The CAC encourages students to pursue those skills and recognizes them for their efforts.

“I encourage every student in the 15th District of Texas to consider participating and explore opportunities in the ever growing and evolving technology sector,” said Congressman Gonzalez. “I look forward to seeing what you all do and wish you the best of luck.”

For further information about the Congressional App Challenge, please visit or contact Desiderio Romero in my Edinburg Office at or (956) 682-5545.