logowhitebg.gifToday iStrategyLabs becomes the proud father of Apps for Democracy!

You can download the full press release here. 

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 Contest” 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, DC.

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, 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 code.
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. A full Google Calendar can be found here. The official social media tag is #APPS08.

A full social media strategy is in place and you can engage your community here:

  1. Facebook Group
  2. Facebook Event for the Kickoff Happy Hour @ Local 16 in DC 
  3. http://twitter.com/apps08
  4. http://apps08.ning.com
  5. http://www.flickr.com/groups/apps08/
  6. Grab the Widget! 
  7. And more…

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Media Contact: Peter Corbett, 202-683-9980, peter@isl.co

Huge props to Scott McCaughey for leading design/dev on this! More about him in iStrategists section.