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Larsen announces 2023 Congressional App Challenge competition

EVERETT, Wash., August 1, 2023—Today, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) announced the launch of the 2023 Congressional App Challenge (CAC). The annual competition, which runs through Wednesday, November 1, is open to high school and middle school students who live in or attend school in Washington’s Second Congressional District. 

The 2023 Congressional App Challenge is an opportunity for students to create programs or apps for any platform, including desktop/PC, web and mobile, to collaborate, invent and learn coding and computer science skills. Students may compete as individuals or in teams of up to four. Students can only enter the competition once.  

“Washington continues to be a leader in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics with more than 260,000 students enrolled in Career and Technical Education statewide,” said Larsen, whose office has participated in the CAC every year since its founding in 2013. “I have seen the creativity of students in classrooms across Northwest Washington firsthand and look forward to seeing that creativity shine through in this year’s submissions.” 

Second Congressional App Challenge 2022 winners Azul Rangel (top-left) and Sydney Vo (bottom) with Congressman Rick Larsen as he congratulates them for their contribution to STEM. SOURCE: Office of Rick Larsen.

Students can sign up to participate and read the full competition rules at Students have until 9:00 a.m. PST on Wednesday, November 1, to register and enter, but CAC organizers recommend students register early to receive extra support and tips. Larsen will announce a district winner in December and invite the winner to the #HouseofCode Capitol Hill Reception in Washington D.C. at a date TBD. Winning apps will be electronically displayed in the U.S. Capitol and on the CAC’s website.  

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Last year, Azul Rangel and Sydney Vo from Mariner High School in Everett won the district’s Congressional App Challenge with their WordToASL app. Ji Min Sung of Mariner High School won the 2021 Congressional App Challenge for Washington’s Second District with a COVID-19 Statistic app.

For more information on the CAC, visit Additional questions can be directed to Grace Kurfman in Larsen’s office at or 425-252-3188.  

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