JACKSON, MS – Congressman Gregg Harper’s office is excited to announce that the Third District of Mississippi will be participating in the annual Congressional App Challenge (CAC), an app competition for students in high school and below.

“Mississippi is making great strides in the technology sector through our universities and Mississippi-based businesses,” said Harper. “There are boundless opportunities in STEM and Computer Science throughout our state and across our country. By participating in the Congressional App Challenge, our goal is to encourage students, regardless of their background, to explore their interest in these fields, and go on to fill the jobs that will one day change the world.”

The Congressional App Challenge will run 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 skill levels to participate and learn how to create their own apps. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and be given Congressional recognition for their achievements in STEM and Computer Science. Their apps may be eligible to be featured on a display in the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C., on house.gov, 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, and that the U.S. has been falling behind on these fronts. By some estimates, the U.S. may be short as many as a million programmers by 2020. 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.

The Internet Education Foundation will be serving as the operational “sponsor” of the CAC. For further information about the Congressional App Challenge, please visit our website at harper.house.gov or www.CongressionalAppChallenge.us