Another contest for budding or seasoned application developers has been launched by the Bretton Woods institution, World Bank.
The “Apps for Development” Competition contest is geared towards bringing together the best ideas from both the software developer and the development practitioner communities to create innovative apps using World Bank data. The Competition invites all participants to develop software applications related to either one or more of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Submissions to the contest may be for the web, a personal computer, a mobile handheld device, console, SMS, or any other software platform broadly available to the public. The only other requirement is that the proposed application use one or more datasets from the World Bank Data Catalog available at data.worldbank.org.
Interested participants must register for the contest on line by creating an account between October 7, 2010, and January 10, 2011. The Challenge is open to all individuals from member countries of the World Bank.
How to Enter
Interested participants must register for the contest on line by creating an account between October 7, 2010, and January 10, 2011.
Registrants will receive an email, which they must use to verify their account. Once registered, participants may enter their submissions via the Submit Application tab. In order to be considered, each submission must include: a link to the application, a video of the application, a text-based description of the application, and at least one still photograph of the working application.
The Challenge is open to all individuals from member countries of the World Bank (see: worldbank.org) who have attained the age of majority in their individual nations at the time of their entries, as well as companies with fewer than fifty employees. Organizations employing fifty or more employees are eligible for the Large Organization Recognition award.
Applications submitted to the Competition should address at least one of the following objectives:
1. Raise awareness of at least one of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), or
2. Contribute to progress toward meeting one of the MDGs by 2015.
Applications which best satisfy the competition criteria will receive cash prizes First Prize -$15,000 USD; Second Prize-$10,000 USD; Third Prize -$5,000 USD; Honorable Mentions (5)- $2,000 USD Each ; Popular Choice Award- $5,000 USD; Large Organization Recognition Award -The Large Organization Award winner will receive public acknowledgement, but no cash prize.
Applicants will also have the opportunity to have their apps featured on the World Bank Open Data website. Competition participants are encouraged to also use other relevant indicators and datasets, and to be creative in exploring approaches for realizing the goals.
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