Wanting to Solve t...

Wanting to Solve the World's Most Pressing Issues?

There may soon be an app for that.

The World Bank is sponsoring an Apps for Development competition which challenges the public to create innovative software applications that move users closer to solving some of the world's most pressing problems.

Beginning with its Open Data Initiative in April 20101, the World Bank has continued to provide a wide array of its data sets for free. In order to transform this data into a useful and relevant format, the World Bank is sponsoring the Apps for Development competition to encourage the creation of innovative apps that use World Bank data.

Focusing on one of the various Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), submissions can be for any widely available software platform. The MDGs articulate specific targets to be reached by 2015 related to poverty and hunger, universal education, child health and other crucial dimensions. The potential datasets have been made available in the World Bank Data Catalog.

Submissions to the Competition will be accepted from October 7, 2010 through January 10, 2011. Interested participants and developers 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 in order to be considered. For further rules and restrictions, please see http://appsfordevelopment.challengepost.com/.

Judging and public voting will begin on January 31, 2011 and extend through February 28, 2011. Only original submissions will be considered and they will be judged on the quality, implementation, and the potential impact of the idea. Several cash prizes are being offered for applications that are judged to be the best and most innovative.

Interested in submitting your own application? Visit the Competition website.

Stay tuned for more announcements and be sure to check out infoDev’s related mobile application work in Creating Sustainable Businesses!

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