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Code in congressional contest

LIHUE — If you’re a middle or high school student in Hawaii, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is looking for you to help represent the state in a nationwide coding competition.

The Congressional App Challenge (CAC) was officially launched by the U.S. house of Representatives in 2015, and is a nationwide effort allows students to compete against their peers by creating an application (also known as an “app”) for desktop/PC, web, tablet, mobile, raspberry Pi or other devices. The CAC accepts any programming language, such as C, C++, Java, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, or “block code.” The Challenge is designed to promote innovation and engagement in computer science.

Now, Gabbard is accepting submissions from students for the 2019 Challenge.

“The United States may be short as many as 1 million coders by 2020,” presidential candidate Gabbard said about the competition. “The Congressional App Competition is an opportunity for Hawaii’s students to showcase their talents and creativity, while exploring opportunities for success in America’s rapidly changing, technology-driven, 21st century economy.”

Students of all skill levels are encouraged to participate and learn how to create their own apps. Winners will be selected by panels of judges, drawn from the community in Hawai‘i, and honored by Gabbard. Their apps are eligible to be featured on display in the U.S. Capitol building, on house.gov and on the Congressional App Challenge website.

The Challenge’s submission portal is now open. Students are encouraged to register at CongressionalAppChallenge.us and submit their app by November 1. The competition is open to all students who meet the eligibility requirements, regardless of coding experience.
Source: The Garden Island

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