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$100,000 App Contest - Apps for Communities - Challenge.Gov

  • Published: 2011-04-18 (Rev. 2011-05-29) - Contact:
  • Synopsis: Up to $100,000 in prizes to winning application developers that delivers personalized actionable information to people that are least likely to be online.

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The Knight Foundation and the FCC challenge you to develop a software application (app) that delivers personalized, actionable information to people that are least likely to be online.

The Apps for Communities Challenge seeks to take advantage of the local, public information coming-online - on topics from education to health care, child care, government services and jobs - and make it easily accessible to the public.

The Apps for Communities Challenge is an initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation ("Knight Foundation") and the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC").

The Challenge will offer up to $100,000 in prizes to winning application developers and is intended to bring together providers of public data, developers, and traditionally underserved populations through a national contest.

Consistent with the Knight Foundation's mission to foster informed and engaged communities and FCC's goal to encourage broadband adoption and deployment, the FCC and Knight Foundation are co-sponsoring this Challenge.

With this contest, they want to reward experiments - good ideas - small ideas with big impact that can be replicated throughout the country.

The goal of the Challenge is to:

For example, you can create an app that connects people to health care in their communities via public transportation; or an app that makes it easy for people with limited digital or English proficiency to go through intro screens without extensive instructions or pressing many tiny keys.

Judging is based on:


Submission Period: Start: Apr 14, 2011 12:00 AM EDT End: Jul 11, 2011 11:59 PM EDT


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