Apps for the Army: Developers Earn Their Stripes

March 1, 2010

11:59 pm

The United States Army is getting very serious about social Web technology these days. Last month, I got a preview of the new U.S. Army iPhone App as well as the launch of a personalized start page for the Web. Today, the Army has teamed up with DC-based iStrategyLabs to launch a developer contest called Apps for the Army (A4A). The contest offers Army personnel an opportunity to create a web or mobile application that helps the Army warfighters or business in return for cash prizes up to $30,000.

According to the release by the Army:

Participation in A4A is limited to the first 100 Army personnel (active duty, Army Reserve and Army National Guard on active duty, and civilians) who enroll. Teamwork is encouraged but not required. The Army will recognize the top submissions at the LandWarNet Conference in August 2010. Winners will receive monetary awards; the total cash pool is $30,000.

It’s wonderful to see the Army embracing innovative approaches such as the Apps for the Army contest to cultivate technological advances. Unfortunately, the A4A contest is somewhat limiting in who can participate but I assume it has something to do with security. It would be nice to see a successful A4A contest result in a more open (to the public) contest in the future.

Check out this video for more details on the Apps for the Army program.

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Frank Gruber is the cofounder, CEO and Executive Editor of Tech.Co (formerly Tech Cocktail). He is the author of the book, Startup Mixology, Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing, and Celebrating Startup Success. He is also a startup advisor and investor to startups. Find Frank Gruber online and follow him on Twitter at @FrankGruber.

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