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Congressman Kean announces 2023 Congressional App Challenge

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Kean, Jr’s office is excited to announce the 2023 Congressional App Challenge (CAC), an app competition for students in middle and high school.

The CAC accepts computer programs (or apps) written in any programming language, for any platform (desktop/PC, web, mobile, raspberry Pi, etc.).

The Challenge’s submission portal is now open. Students can register and submit their applications until Nov. 1, 2023. The competition is open to all students who meet the eligibility requirements, regardless of coding experience.

“We strongly encourage students of all skill levels to participate and learn how to create their own apps. Winners will be selected by judges drawn from the local community. The top winning app is eligible to be featured on display in the U.S. Capitol building, on and on the Congressional App Challenge website.  Runners-up will also be selected for recognition,” Kean said.

The CAC was created because Congress recognized that STEM and computer-based skills are essential for economic growth and innovation and that the U.S. has been falling behind on these fronts. By some estimates, the U.S. may be short by as many as 1 million programmers by 2021. These are high-paying, high-demand jobs. 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.

For more information about the Congressional App Challenge, visit

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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