[Event] Apps For Democracy: The Mother of Data Visualization Challenges

14 Oct 2008 - 3:41pm
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Everyone - this is Hot!

A friend of mine working in collaboration with the DC Office of the CTO has
put together a fantastic competition that IxD folks might be very interested
in...think you have dynamic visualization chops? Want to design something
really cool and put all those Tufte classes to work, while doing something
useful, and potentially win prize money while gaining the respect and
accolades of all your peers?

Apps For Democracy Competition

Info Located here: http://www.appsfordemocracy.org/
Register: http://apps08-isl.eventbrite.com/

The District of Columbia's Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO), in
collaboration with iStrategyLabs, today announced the launch of the Apps for
Democracy - "An Innovation Challenge" for visualizing DC's public data. The
intention of this competition is to reward technology developers with cash
prizes and public recognition for creating applications that are useful for
the DC government and the citizens, visitors and businesses of Washington,

The contest will serve as a catalyst to visualize OCTO's data so it will be
useful to the citizens of DC, improving their quality of life; foster
innovation in the DC technology community resulting in startup formation and
growth; solve the technology challenges of OCTO through more cost effective
open collaboration; and work towards a new model for government/private
sector cross collaboration that can be utilized repeatedly to solve OCTO's
challenges and serve as an example for other municipalities.

Apps for Democracy will feature 60 cash prizes from $2000 to $100 dollars
for a total of $20,000 in prizes.

Developers and designers will compete by creating web applications, widgets,
Google Maps-mashups (and other maps-mashups), iPhone apps, Facebook apps,
and other digital utilities that visualize OCTO's Data Catalog, (
http://data.octo.dc.gov/) which provides real-time data from multiple
agencies to citizens - a catalyst ensuring agencies operate as more
responsive, better performing organizations.

Who: This contest is open to everyone.

What: Submission guidelines, meet-up notifications and awards structure can
be found at Apps for Democracy. Submission must be released as open source

When: The contest starts 10/13 and ends at 11:59pm on 11/12. The awards
ceremony will take place on 11/13. A kick-off happy hour will be hosted on
10/16 and 4 open innovation labs will hosted each weekend leading up to the
deadline enabling participants to find collaborators and to work onsite
among their fellow technologists.
~ will

"Where you innovate, how you innovate,
and what you innovate are design problems"

Will Evans | User Experience Architect
tel: +1.617.281.1281 | will at semanticfoundry.com
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