Congressman Ami Bera

Representing the 7th District of California
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House App Contest

A competition to engage local students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Rep. Bera visited with students at Toby Johnson Middle School’s computer lab.

As an educator and a parent, I am committed to strengthening our schools and making sure we prepare our young people for the jobs of the 21st century.

That’s why I'm proud to participate in the first annual House App Contest – a congressional academic competition designed to engage students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

This new competition allows high school students from across the country to create and exhibit their own software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. Throughout the competition, students will have the opportunity to engage with STEM educational partners in our community to mentor and assist them. 

More information on participating in the competition is below.


How do I know if I am eligible?

This competition is open to high school students who are at least 13 years old or older, or young people who are eligible to attend public high school.  All entrants must reside or attend a high school within the congressional district I represent in Congress - California’s seventh congressional district. 

The seventh congressional district is located entirely within Sacramento County.  You can visit to make sure that you live or attend a high school within the seventh district.

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What are the contest rules?

Only one submission per person will be accepted.All submissions are due by April 30, 2014.Students may compete individually or in teams up to 4 members.  Submissions must not be indecent, defamatory, in obvious bad taste, demonstrate a lack of respect for public morals or conduct or adversely affects the reputation of the seventh congressional district.  Entries also cannot be illegal under applicable laws defame or threaten a specific community, depict hatred or incite violence, contain vulgar language or violence, or contain pornography, obscenity or sexual activity.

Students may enter the Advanced or Beginners Competition.  Those competing in the Advanced Competition must fully develop their app and must make the code available for judges.  Those who wish to compete in the Beginners Competition will be allowed to create their application using an app template, which can be provided to students by our office upon request.  Students must state which contest they wish to compete in when they submit their videos.

Participation constitutes an entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to the competition’s official rules.  Failure to adhere to the official rules automatically disqualifies an entrant and their submission.

Please click here to read the contest rules in detail before entering.

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How can I enter?

We have extended the deadline by one week. All entries must be submitted by May 7, 2014 at 12 PM EST.

To enter the contest, please:

1.     Register for the competition at

2.     Create an account on and register for the House Student App Contest. Upload the entry form on the site so my staff and I can communicate with you during the submission period.

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Resources for students and teachers

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