WASHINGTON -- Rep. Jim Hagedorn has launched an app challenge, encouraging students to create their own unique apps.

The effort is part of the Congressional App Challenge to inspire young people to pursue careers in computer science.

The challenge is an initiative of the U.S. House of Representatives. In seven years, the App Challenge has become the largest series of student app developer competitions in the world.

More than 300 members of Congress will select one winning team from their district to be honored alongside other winners at the U.S. Capitol. The challenge is open to middle and high school students who reside or attend school in a participating congressional district.

Eligible students can submit applications to the program through Nov. 1.