WASHINGTON, D.C. — The 2016 Congressional App Challenge has opened to Maine high school students.

Students have until Nov. 2 to develop and submit their own smartphone apps. The winning app from each of Maine’s Congressional Districts will be chosen to receive national recognition.

Students can participate as individuals or in a team of up to four. The apps can cover any topic. In addition to the app, students must submit a three- to four-minute video explaining their app and how it works.

A panel convened by the Maine Technology Institute will judge the submissions. They will be judged on: creativity and originality of the app idea; user experience and design of the idea’s implementation; and quality of coding and programming.

Winning apps from each district will be displayed and recognized at an event in Washington, D.C. The Internet Education Foundation coordinates the competition

FMI, register: www.congressionalappchallenge.us., www.congressionalappchallenge.us/compete-2016/sign-up/.

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