APP-LY YOURSELF: A coding program to support the 2022 Congressional App Challenge

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Do you have a middle or high school student who would like to learn how to build an app? In support of the 2022 Congressional App Challenge, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host the APP-LY YOURSELF program, a day of learning about intellectual property (IP) and its application to the creation, design, development, and implementation of apps. The program is designed to help middle and high school students learn about app design, development, and implementation, and how IP protection in the form of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets plays a vital role at each stage in the commercialization process, from concept to creation to providing it in the marketplace. The program features several sessions with instruction and hands-on learning activities covering these topics:

  • App design process
  • App development
  • Making compelling apps
  • Working with developers and designers
  • Receiving valuable feedback

Participants will work in teams to address real-world problems of their choice from a wide range of topics, like pets, fashion, games, sports, college, and more! In addition to learning about intellectual property for apps, app development, wireframing and storyboard, coding strategies, and pitching app concepts, participants will have an opportunity to pitch their app concepts during the program.

Join us on Saturday, October 15, 2022, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the USPTO Headquarters, 600 Dulany Street Alexandria, Virginia. This event is free, but space is limited, so register your learner by emailing us today and letting us know how many children you'll be bringing and their ages.

To learn more about the USPTO's Office of Education, please visit USPTO Kids or contact 

We do not knowingly collect personal data from children under the age of eighteen (18). If you are under the age of eighteen (18), please do not submit any personal data to the USPTO. If you believe that a child has provided personal data to us, please contact us and we will delete their information.

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