The US House of Representatives has launched the Academic Competition Resolution of 2013.
In an overwhelming 411–13 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Academic Competition Resolution of 2013, a measure that establishes an annual app design competition for high school and college students. Intended to stimulate student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects, the Congressional App Challenge calls for students to design and program original apps for mobile and online platforms. Lawmakers hope the Challenge will help students develop computer science and creative skills, and encourage them to consider careers in the technology industry.
An expert panel of judges will review each submission and recommend the best designs to elected officials. Based on the panel's guidance, Members of Congress will select a winner from each of their respective congressional districts to be formally honored in Washington, D.C., and have their apps displayed in the U.S. Capitol.
The Congressional Internet Caucus' co-chairs, Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), and a steering committee of app competition experts from the Entertainment Software Association, Google, Blackberry, AT&T, and Motorola Mobility collaborated to plan the competition and advance it through Congress. The Challenge builds on the success of the Congressional Art Competition, which has recognized and encouraged artistic talent among the nation's youth for more than 30 years.