Haaland Hosting Virtual Congressional App Challenge Info Session

June 8, 2020
Press Release

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Today, Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01) is inviting students to participate in her office’s Congressional App Challenge Info Session on Thursday, June 11. At the info session, students and teachers will be able to speak with the Congresswoman, gather information about the competition, and learn more about how to code at home during social distancing. The challenge is an app building competition open to middle school and high school students who live in New Mexico’s First Congressional District. All students, regardless of background in coding, who meet the requirements are encouraged to compete.


Congresswoman Deb Haaland


2020 Congressional App Challenge Info Session


Thursday, June 11, 2020 from 3:30 p.m. MT to 4:30 p.m. MT


Zoom Registration

"New Mexico is an amazing home for technology, and our kids are in a great position to learn more and benefit from our state’s unique and important role, but right now not many students have access to STEM opportunities. This app competition seeks to close that gap by getting students excited about the possibilities in science and technology," said Congresswoman Deb Haaland.

Haaland’s 2020 Congressional App Challenge runs from June 1, 2020 through October 19, 2020. During that time students will register for the challenge and form teams to create unique, one-of-a-kind apps that seek to offer new tech solutions. All students who live or attend school in District 1 are eligible to enter.

Given the uncertain and unusual circumstances that COVID-19 has presented, the Congressional App Challenge has launched its “Code From Home” initiative, which offers extensive resources for students to learn how to code while away from school. Those resources can be found here.


Students who wish to participate in this year’s contest must be in middle or high school at the time of app submission, and teams can have up to four individuals. Students are allowed to compete in the district they live or attend school in. If competing as a team, at least half of the teammates must be eligible to compete in the district they are participating in. A complete outline of competition rules can be found here.