If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, you’ll know that a few weeks ago, App47 traveled to Washington to participate in the Association for Competitive Technology Washington Fly-In.

While in Washington, we joined other entrepreneurs from around the country to meet with Congressmen and Congresswomen and discuss issues pertaining to technology and, in our case, app development—issues that are often unfamiliar to members of Congress.

If our participation in the ACT Fly-In was meant to familiarize Congress with this generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders, The Congressional App Challenge Coalition is meant to connect Congress with tomorrow’s coders, entrepreneurs, and tech leaders. I’ve been invited to help judge the House Student App Challenge this June, and wanted to spread the word about this great contest for anyone who may be interested.

Modeled after the Congressional Art Competition, the House Student App Challenge promotes Computer Science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education by recognizing and incentivizing our nation’s young programming talent. The House Student App Challenge is open to all high school students in participating districts. The inaugural App Challenge will run from February 1 to May 30, 2014.

Here at App47, we already recognize the immense importance of connecting today’s tech leaders with Congress—it’s why we participate in events like the important ACT Fly-In. And it’s just as important to make sure not only that today’s students are inspired to be a part of technology, but also that Congress becomes more familiar with this technology so that its members are more informed when it comes time to write new laws.

The House Student App Challenge is leading the way in doing just that, and we’re proud to be a part of the judging of the contest. If you’d like to find out more about the House Student App Challenge, see its site here. And as always, if you have any questions about App47, feel free to reach out to us in the comments or via the contact page of our site!