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Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham

Representing the 1st District of New Mexico

Congressional App Challenge

2017 Congressional App Challenge

I am excited to announce that this year my office will participate in the third annual Congressional App Challenge, a competition designed to encourage students to engage in computer science and coding.

Officially launched by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2015, this nationwide effort allows students to compete as individuals or on a team with their peers to create an "app" for mobile, tablet or computer devices.

Register and Submit

The Congressional App Challenge is open to all high school students in the 1st Congressional District of New Mexico. Students entering the competition must submit their app at during the Competition Submission Period starting now until 10 a.m. (MST) on November 1, 2017.

Submissions will be judged on the following criteria: quality of the idea, including creativity and originality; implementation of the idea, including user experience and design; and demonstrated excellence in coding and programming skills. The winner from the 1st Congressional District, chosen by a panel of expert, local judges, will be featured on my website in addition to, and the winning app will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building for one year.

For more information, please visit the official Congressional App Challenge website at, or contact Stephanie Kean at or (505) 346-6781.

Show us your progress by tagging me at @RepLujanGrisham and use the hashtag #NM01FutureCoders!

Congressional App Challenge Workshop

My district office will be hosting a Congressional App Challenge workshop on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Students, teachers, and parents are welcome to attend to learn from the experts at CNM Ingenuity. The workshop will be offered twice on Saturday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and individuals may attend either or both of the sessions. Even if you are not registered for the challenge, you are still encouraged to attend to learn more about coding.  

Congressional App Challenge Workshop
Participant: CNM Ingenuity
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Session 1: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Session 2 : 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: CNM Workforce Training Center
Address: 5600 Eagle Rock Ave. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113

Ask an App Expert Sessions 

As part of the Congressional App Challenge, my office will be hosting "Ask an App Expert" sessions to give high school students and teachers the opportunity to visit with experts, ask questions, and seek guidance on their ideas and creations. All students and teachers are welcome to attend these sessions.

Friday, October 6, 2017
4:00 p.m.
Participant: UNM Innovation Academy
Lobo Rainforest Building
101 Broadway Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Friday, October 13, 2017
4:30 p.m.
Participant: UNM Civil Engineering Department
1701 Mountain Rd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104

Thursday, October 19, 2017
5:00 p.m.
Participant: CNM Ingenuity
CNM STEMulus Center
20 First Plaza Center NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102