October 24, 2014
What are you doing to increase happiness in this world? What things make you happier? Are you using, building, or thinking of a product that could promote a stress-free, violence-free society?
These are lofty goals, but progress is made in small bits. And in apps. The Art of Living Foundation, a non-profit, educational and humanitarian organization founded in 1981, is offering a challenge. Submit your iOS Mobile app, your Android Mobile app, your Web app, or your Social app for The Happiness Apps Challenge and accept the opportunity not only to shape the future of humanity, but also to win $50,000 in prizes!
The Happiness Apps Challenge is an international App building challenge that is aimed to inspire minds in tech and design to create products that will increase world’s happiness quotient. The challenge is this: Create an App to make people happy. One positive person can spread Happiness to more than 1,000 people, but through the power of technology we can reach out to millions.
Submissions open today, October 24 with a kickoff event in Chicago. Submissions are open until December 24, when public voting will commence. The Happiness App Challenge Awards Ceremony will be held on January 16, 2015. The prizes offered include $20,000 to the overall winner, $10,000 to the Runner Up, $10,000 to the Most Impactful App, and $10,000 to the Audience Choice.
The app submissions should focus on any of these themes, or a combination thereof: spreading and increasing happiness, increasing work productivity through happiness, and reducing stress & depression. The full rules, according to the website, include a prohibition against the use of any third-party proprietary code or infringement or violation of any third-party rights. The content of the submission must be suitable for all viewing audiences. Not to fear: The Happiness Apps Challenge sponsor does not retain your code or the rights to your application developed.
In the US, The Art of Living Foundation is headquartered in Washington, DC with delegates in 152 countries. The leadership team for this event is based in New York City. This non-profit organization has supported several causes, but has never entered the “hi-tech” world to spread their message before this challenge. Previously, you could find their diverse happiness efforts rebuilding Iraq and supporting military through trauma relief programs, relief programs in Ossetia, Sri Lanka, Philippines, and Kosovo. They have helped more than 5 million people in over 100,000 stress-free workshops, trained people in organic farming, and created empowerment workshops.
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