On January 29, 2019 Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo, on behalf of her other Congressional Internet Caucus co-chairs — Senator John Thune and Senator Patrick Leahy — presented former Congressman Bob Goodlatte a gift as an appreciation for his decades of service as co-chair of the Congressional Internet Caucus. The co-chairs presented Bob Goodlatte, a renowned collector of baseball memorabilia, with a one-of-a-kind baseball bat engraved with the signatures of the three remaining co-chairs.
Reps. Bob Goodlatte and Anna G. Eshoo Appoint New Leaders of House STEM and Computer Science Initiative
Reps. French Hill and Suzan DelBene Ascend As Co-Chairs of the 2018 Congressional App Challenge
September 25, 2018
Washington, DC – Today Representatives Bob Goodlatte (VA) and Anna G. Eshoo (CA) announced new leadership for the next session of the Congressional App Challenge (CAC), an initiative to inspire students across the country to learn about STEM education and coding. As co-chairs of the Congressional Internet Caucus, Goodlatte and Eshoo appointed Representatives French Hill (AR) and Suzan DelBene (WA), two recognized leaders in Congress on STEM and next generation workforce issues. The Congressional Internet Caucus initiates the CAC at the start of each Congress.
“I am pleased to announce that Representatives French Hill and Suzan DelBene will be leading this year’s Congressional App Challenge. The App Challenge, which is only in its fourth year, has already seen tremendous growth and I know that this will continue under the leadership of Representatives Hill and DelBene,” states Rep. Bob Goodlatte. “The Congressional App Challenge is a great opportunity to engage student’s creativity and encourage their participation in the STEM education fields that create jobs and fuel innovation in America. With new apps for electronic devices popping up every day, it’s time for our students to show what they can do.”
Rep. Anna G. Eshoo states, “It’s an honor to welcome Rep. Suzan DelBene and Rep. French Hill as bi-partisan Co-Chairs of this year’s Congressional App Challenge, a competition which invites high school students from across the country to create and exhibit software applications for various platforms for everyday use. The Congressional App Challenge was co-founded by Reps. Eshoo and Goodlatte in 2013, to engage students’ creativity and encourage their participation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education fields. This competition helps students hone the critical STEM skills they need to have the best opportunities in our modern economy. Given Rep. DelBene’s and Rep. French’s experience and interest on a range of technology issues, I’m confident the Challenge will succeed in their capable hands.”
“I’m excited and honored to co-chair the Congressional App Challenge,” said Representative Hill. “During my time in Congress, central Arkansas students have submitted for consideration more than 75 apps and two winners Anne Li and Michael Davis have come to Washington, D.C., for the national reception. I’m looking forward to helping lead the charge in encouraging students in Arkansas and across the country to use their creativity to participate and pursue in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education fields and to make this year’s App Challenge bigger and better than ever.” – Congressman French Hill
Rep. Suzan DelBene states, “As the product of a STEM education that led to a career in tech, I am thrilled to help encourage the ingenuity of all our nation’s best and brightest students. The App Challenge is a great opportunity for students who are interested in coding to hone their skills, learn new ones, and cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit.”
“We’re thrilled that Representatives Hill and DelBene will spearhead the Congressional App Challenge. Both of them have shown great leadership in STEM and computer science education. We are confident that their leadership will take the Challenge to the next level.” – Tim Lordan, Executive Director, Internet Education Foundation
This year, the CAC runs until October 15, 2018. The #HouseOfCode Winners’ reception is set for Spring 2019 in Washington, D.C.
About the Congressional App Challenge
The CAC is an initiative of the U.S. House of Representatives, where Members of Congress host contests in their districts for middle school and high school students, encouraging them to learn to code and inspiring them to pursue careers in computer science. The non-profit Internet Education Foundation provides the CAC with supplemental staffing and support. In the first three years of the Congressional App Challenge, the program has yielded 605 App Challenges across 42 states. Over 2,400 functional apps have been created by over 10,000 students, and participant demographics surpass all industry diversity metrics.
Interns will have immediate responsibilities including event planning, website and database management, email marketing, content creation, and policy research.
As a digital marketing intern, you will be central in planning and marketing frequent, nonpartisan briefings hosted on Capitol Hill for the Congressional Internet Caucus Academy, organizing and promoting the annual State of the Net Conference, and assisting with the Congressional App Challenge, and other events through programs supported by IEF.
This is a paid position!
- Manage email marketing (iContact/Mailchimp) and organizational database (Salesforce)
- Maintain and create content for organizational websites (WordPress)
- Contribute to social media marketing (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, podcasts)
- Reach out to tech policy experts for panels and briefings
- Manage multimedia for events including live-streaming, live-tweeting and photography
- Contribute to communications strategy and media outreach/relations, monitoring press coverage
- Conduct research and brief Executive Director on current tech policy issues and trends
- College student or recent graduate
- Prior experience with WordPress, email marketing, and social media marketing is helpful but not required
- Bonus Skills: Salesforce, Adobe Creative Suite, and HTML/CSS
- Quick learning and a sense of humor
- Working here is awesome. If you don’t believe us, ask our summer fellow, Rebecca (Blog Post: The Best Place To Intern)
Submit your resume to [email protected]
The Internet Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For 20 years the Internet Education Foundation has been building the most prominent platforms for engagement. The Internet Education Foundation (IEF) hosts four major projects under its umbrella: The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee, the State of the Net Conference Series, The Congressional App Challenge, and the Internet Law & Policy Foundry. Interns will work within any or all of these dynamic projects.
It Came Down to the Wire: ILP Foundry Trivia Night Recap
Over 150 experts in Internet law came out to compete in the Internet Law and Policy Foundry’s Third Annual Trivia Night!
Quizmaster Kurt Opsahl (who you may know as the Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel of the Electronic Frontier Foundation) kicked off the evening after being introduced by Foundry President Patrick Kyhos and Vice President and New York Region Chair Anuj Gupta.
Over 20 teams competed through seven rounds and amidst less than helpful audio to crown a champion of Internet and technology policy knowledge. Questions ranged from President Trump’s Twitter use to whether a quote was attributed to Justice Ruth Bater Ginsberg (R.B.G.) or late rapper Biggie Smalls (Notorious B.I.G.).
They’re arguing over whether RBG or BIG said the quote in question. @ILPFoundry trivia is way more intense than I ever could have predicted. Like nerd superbowl. And yes the entire team is wearing @futureofprivacy team shirts. Our name tonight? “Senator, We run ads.” #peakdc pic.twitter.com/DVpXl1MErI
— Angelique Carson (@privacypen) July 25, 2018
The level of competition was fierce. In fact, only four points separated the first and seventh place finishers.
The suspense was fueled further by the fact first place was decided by a tie-breaker in which Nerd Party Doctrine prevailed over Big Digital Energy. Nerd Party Doctrine also took home the hardware for the Best Team Name honorable mention.
Staff from CCIA
The Foundry would like to thank Perkins Coie, the Charles Koch Foundation, Frankfurt and Kurnit as well as Kurt Opsahl!
More photos from the event can be found on the Internet Education Foundation Flickr.
Internet Platforms Answer Questions About How They Grapple With Misinformation, Illegal Content and Hate Speech at COMO Summit
Executives from Google, Facebook, Twitter and Others Will Provide an Unprecedented Under-the-Hood Look at Internal Content Moderation Practices
Washington, D.C. – In the midst of growing public and Congressional scrutiny of internet platforms, there are more questions than ever about how those services are wielding their power to moderate the content that their users post. How are they making decisions about what content stays up and what content comes down? Are they taking down too much, or not enough? And what role does AI play in this process? To help answer those questions, key executives from some of Silicon Valley’s top companies will converge on May 7 for the Content Moderation at Scale Summit in Washington, D.C.
The Summit will feature a who’s who of the tech industry’s content moderation operations — those responsible for filtering out objectionable and illegal content. Executives like Twitter’s Vice President of Trust & Safety, Del Harvey; Google’s Senior Litigation Counsel, Nora Puckett; and Facebook’s Policy Manager for Risk, Peter Stern, will provide an inside view of their companies’ processes for identifying and removing problematic content such as extremist propaganda, hate speech, “deepfakes”, and fake news. They’ll also detail the challenges of fairly and accurately moderating such content at scale while also seeking to balance users’ free expression rights.
The Summit will also feature workshops on the legal framework surrounding content moderation, machine-assisted content analysis and law enforcement cooperation. These workshops will involve senior executives from Twitter, Facebook, Google, Match Group, Vimeo, Wikimedia, and more.
The COMO Summit is a collaborative effort among a group of think tanks, non-profits, academic institutions, and trade associations that are committed to content moderation practices that maximize free expression and personal liberty while maintaining a civil society. This group includes the Cato Institute, Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), Charles Koch Institute, Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Engine, Internet Association, Internet Education Foundation, New America’s Open Technology Institute (OTI), and Santa Clara University School of Law.
WHEN: Monday, May 7, 2018, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
WHERE: The Showroom
The event is open to the public and on the record.
Can’t join in person? Watch the livestream on the COMO Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/comoatscale/
We’ve crunched the numbers from the 2017 Congressional App Challenge and results are amazing: 225 Members of the House of Representatives hosted local computer science competitions for students in their districts. The competition was unprecedented in terms of sheer participation as well as in geographical and diversity statistics.
The Congressional App Challenge (CAC), which has become the most prestigious prize in student app competitions, more than doubled in terms of participation over the previous year, and nine new states across the country were represented. In the course of three short years, the CAC, which is an official initiative of the U.S. House of Representatives, has achieved what no other initiative has been able to do: it has reached extraordinary levels of geographic and rural participation while garnering participation from underserved communities at record-setting levels.
We thought you should know about the amazing stats from the 2017 CAC detailed below. And we’ve provided a look ahead to our #HouseOfCode Demo Day in Rayburn and the start of the 2018 CAC.
Student Participation Up 129%
This past year, the CAC increased state participation by almost 30 percent. The 40 states in dark blue represent those that participated in the district-wide competitions in 2017.
CAC Crushes Tech Industry Diversity Gap
The CAC outpaced the tech industry by reaching out to a wide range of students in terms of gender, race, ethnicity and geography. The following unprecedented growth is due to the CAC footprint, which included 225 US congressional districts.
Inspiring Young Women Coders
The CAC helped address the gender gap in the tech industry by reaching a new plateau with 33% of its participants being young women and girls. During the 3rd annual contest, over 1,600 female students were inspired by Congress’ coding challenge.
Source: 2014 Silicon Valley Diversity Chart, (C) 2015 Lee & Low Books
Attend #HouseofCode /
The New National Science Fair
The Congressional App Challenge invites winners from across the country to demo their apps to the Members of Congress and members of the tech community at #HouseOfCode, a reception on Capitol Hill to be held on April 12, 2018. At #HouseOfCode the winners are recognized by their Representative in Congress and their apps are put on display in the Capitol Building. Southwest airlines provides $100 travel vouchers for winners to come to #HouseOfCode and winners are given $250 Amazon Web Service Credits.
“We hope you will join us in celebrating these remarkable students.” Rachel Decoste, Director, Congressional App Challenge.
In collaboration with willing Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle, the Challenge has become a valuable manifestation of Congress’ commitment to building the domestic pipeline of future tech leaders. The CAC Congressional Director Melissa Medina adds, “This Challenge innovates the way Congress engages with technology. We work to connect today’s Congress with tomorrow’s coders and innovators. The fact that the App Challenge is naturally bipartisan demonstrates tech’s ability to unite Congress behind a common goal of spreading STEM and Computer Science opportunities across the country.”
About The Congressional App Challenge
The Congressional App Challenge is an official initiative of the U.S. House of Representatives to encourage kids to learn how to code, through annual district-wide competitions hosted by Members of Congress for their district.
Students in participating districts code original applications for the chance to be selected for recognition by their Member of Congress, win prizes, and have their app put on display in the Capitol Building in Washington, DC. The Challenge is executed by the Congressional staff of each participating district. It is initiated by the Congressional Internet Caucus and coordinated by the Internet Education Foundation, the appointed non-governmental sponsor. [More]
Congressman Greg Walden will keynote the 14th Annual State of the Net Conference on January 29, 2018 at the Newseum in Washington D.C. Congressman Walden joins a roster of leading speakers – from government, business, and academia – who are shaping the future of Internet policy.
Congressman Walden is Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce, which oversees broad swaths of the Internet ecosystem. Recently, Chairman Walden has held hearings focused on online consumer safety, security, and access to the flow of information.
Every year, key Internet policy makers and thinkers gather at State of the Net. Join them on January 29, 2018 at the Newseum’s Knight Conference Center in Washington, D.C. to be part of the Internet policy conversation.
The upcoming State of the Net Conference will cover the most important policy issues facing the Internet today. Congressional and administration leaders will engage with stakeholders on issues such as digital inclusion, freedom of expression, trust & tribalism, broadband fragmentation, innovation, and many more. As always, State of the Net will be your first look at the new players and the new issues that will take center stage in 2018. Whether it’s artificial intelligence or cyber security policies, State of the Net is the best place to debate them all. This conference is unique. It’s been consistently lauded for its balanced blend of perspectives and its provocative thinkers. In an increasingly polarized policy space, State of the Net is the most important stakeholder gathering that brings you together with key people with whom you disagree (respectfully). That’s the point.
Past keynote speakers include: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, UBER Founder/CEO Travis Kalanick, Dropbox Founder/CEO Drew Houston, Comcast NBC CEO Brian L. Roberts and many others. Find out more about our recent past speakers here.
State of the Net attracts over 600 attendees by providing unparalleled opportunities to network and engage on key policy issues.
Want to know more about what State of the Net does? Here are video highlights of the conference to give a better sense of what the event does.
Follow us on Twitter for conference news and updates as we finalize the conference agenda and announce our final panelists and keynote speakers. Registration is free for all government staff, press and media, and a limited number of student tickets are available. Discounted tickets are available for non-profit and academic attendees.
Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein will keynote the 14th Annual State of the Net Conference on January 29, 2018 at the Newseum in Washington D.C. The Deputy Attorney General joins a roster of engaging and informative speakers who are shaping the future of Internet policy.
Rod J. Rosenstein
As second in command at the Justice Department, Mr. Rosenstein plays a key role in setting the Department’s priorities including prosecuting cyber crimes. Recently, he has argued that digital technology should be securely and “responsibly” encrypted, allowing law enforcement access to digital data with judicial authorization.
Each year, we bring together key Internet policy makers and thinkers. Join us to be part of the Internet policy conversations at the State of the Net on January 29, 2018 at the Newseum’s Knight Conference Center in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today 190 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives will announce the winners of the 2017 Congressional App Challenge. Over the last four months, thousands of students coded original apps as part of district-wide competitions hosted by Members of the House.
The Congressional App Challenge aims to engage students in coding and computer science. In all, 190 Congressional districts across 42 states hosted app challenges for their student constituents. Congressional participation was widespread and remarkably bipartisan.
“This year the Congressional App Challenge has expanded its reach, with notable inroads in rural America and with underrepresented minorities and young women” said Rachel Decoste, Director of the Challenge. “This has been a banner year thanks to our sponsors, partners and the dedicated educators who are at the heart of this initiative’s success.”
Over 4,100 students participated in the 14-week regional competitions. They submitted over 1,270 original student-created apps, a 96% growth in number of apps from last year’s Challenge. The winners are listed online at CongressionalAppChallenge.us. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to view the announcements of winners from each Member of Congress.
The Congressional App Challenge will invite winners from across the country to showcase their apps to the Members of Congress and members of the tech community at #HouseOfCode, a reception on Capitol Hill to be held in April 2018. Their work is eligible to be featured for one year on the permanent display in the U.S. Capitol Building and on the House.gov website. Each winning student will also be awarded $250 in Amazon Web Service credits, generously donated by Amazon Web Services.
Congratulations to all the students who participated!
About the Congressional App Challenge
The CAC is an official initiative of the U.S. House of Representatives, managed by the Internet Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The first three years of the program yielded 426 challenges across 42 states. Over 2,400 apps were created by nearly 8,000 students, and participant demographics surpassed the tech industry’s best gender, racial and geographic diversity metrics. The 2017 Congressional App Challenge is possible thanks to the generous support of our sponsors: Capital One, Microsoft, Democracy Fund, Verizon Foundation, Amazon Web Services, the United Parcel Service, BSA (Business Software Alliance) Foundation, CA Technologies, Cognizant and the Copyright Alliance. The Challenge also owes gratitude to Representatives Bob Goodlatte and Anna G. Eshoo, co-chairs of the Congressional Internet Caucus, who requested and supported the creation of the CAC. Additionally, thank you to Representatives Illeana Ros-Lehtinen and Tim Ryan for serving as 2017 App Challenge Co-chairs.
For more information, to sponsor, or to partner, please contact [email protected] and visit CongressionalAppChallenge.us
Last month at the 2017 CSforALL Summit in St. Louis, Rachel Decoste, Congressional App Challenge Director, highlighted the spectacular growth the program has made in just two short years. In her keynote to the nation’s leading stakeholders in computer science education, Decoste illustrated the tremendous reach of the App Challenge as well as its incredible diversity participation numbers.
The Congressional App Challenge‘s demographics surpass the tech industry’s best in terms of gender diversity, with 30% of past participants self-identifying as young women. Furthermore, the App Challenge boasted racial and ethnic diversity, including 17% Hispanic and 7% African-American participants in 2016.
At the Summit, the Congressional App Challenge debuted its geographic footprint, including an impressive presence in rural districts. A video of the presentation is available online.