2016 Congressional App Challenge – Deadline 11/2/16

Contact: Rhianon Anderson, (202) 596-3594 ext. 1042
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THE CONGRESSIONAL APP CHALLENGE TEAMS WITH AMAZON WEB SERVICES TO ENCOURAGE STUDENT CODERS ACROSS AMERICA
Amazon Web Services (AWS) will provide $50,000 worth of AWS credits to Congressional App Challenge winners

Washington, D.C. – The 2016 Congressional App Challenge today announced it is teaming up with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), a leading cloud computing services company. AWS is providing $50,000 in AWS credits, that can be used for AWS cloud computing services, to be split by the winners (with parental permission). This donation will provide students access to the renowned tech platform and will substantially boost their ability to pursue their coding education.

“Members of Congress are encouraging the students in their districts to start learning how to code by hosting these challenges. The cloud services credits AWS is generously providing will give the kids the resources they need to keep pursuing those skills after the Challenge ends,” said Rhianon Anderson, Executive Director of the Congressional App Challenge. “We’re incredibly grateful to AWS for their dedication to computer science education.”

“Computer science skills like coding will be critical as the future generations enter the workforce. It’s important that we encourage students to develop these skills early on, and we’re thrilled to support causes that do just that, like the Congressional App Challenge,” said Andrew Ko, Director of Education, Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services, Inc.

Together, the Congressional App Challenge along with its collaborators like AWS, are creating opportunities for students all over the country. The 2016 Challenge will take place from July 18 – November 2, 2016, and is open to all students in participating districts, who have not yet graduated from high school. For the full list of participating districts, visitwww.CongressionalAppChallenge.us.

About the Congressional App Challenge
The Congressional App Challenge is a congressional initiative, managed by the Internet Education Foundation [IEF], a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It was first established by the Congressional Internet Caucus and Co-Chairs Rep. Bob Goodlatte and Rep. Anna G. Eshoo spearheaded the effort. In 2015 the App Challenge had 116 successful App Challenges hosted by Members of Congress, over 1700 student participants and more than 500 apps submitted. So far, 161 Members of Congress from 38 states are participating in the 2016 Challenge.