iStrategyLabs Launches Apps for Democracy Community Edition

May 5, 2009

1:23 am

I’m pleased to announce that DC.gov, under the leadership of Interim CTO Chris Willey, has empowered us to launch Apps for Democracy “Community Edition” which has just been announced by Mayor Fenty. AppsForDemocracy.org as been revamped to reflect the new campaign and $35,000 prize pool available to citizens interested in building a better DC through technology (full blog post explaining it all).

You can submit ideas/problems here (and call or txt 202-683-9980) and sign-up to compete in the application development contest here.

Full details are below – or skip all that and watch the full video walk through here.

Apps For Democracy – Community Edition (aka APPS09)
$35,000 Prizes Over Two Months and Insights From All Neighborhoods

The first edition of Apps for Democracy yielded 47 web, iPhone and Facebook apps in 30 days – a $2,300,000 value to the city at a cost of $50,000 (all apps created are here). This time we’ve got equally ambitious goals.

Our mission with APPS09 is two fold:

1) Engage citizens in ALL neighborhoods of Washington, DC to ask for their input into the problems and ideas they have that can be addressed with technology; and

2) Build the best community platform for 311 service requests.

Ways to Engage:

1. Add Your Neighborhood’s Insights & Vote (call or txt 202-683-9980 as well)
2. Sign up for Social Citizen Sunday and compete for $1000 (details below)
3. Build Apps for Democracy (First Code Jam will be in June)
4. Tweet this or forward to a friend

For the first time, we’ll put the “Cradle to Grave Framework for Citizen Driven Innovation” to the test. Here’s what the framework entails:

The prize pool is split between a Social Citizen Award and 3 rounds of development:

The contest calendar is as follows:

TECH cocktail Community Contributed Knowledge

Peter Corbett is the founder and CEO of iStrategyLabs. Peter has won multiple industry awards, including 3 Addy’s in 2008, the Great Washington DC Board of Trade’s “One To Watch” award for being “A rising entrepreneur who has a bright and sustainable future in Greater Washington”, and has been named one of the most influential Washingtonians under 40 by WashingtonLife Magazine. Washingtonian magazine included him in their Tech Titans List of the top 100 people shaping the technology industry in the Greater Capital Region. You can connect with Peter on Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter.

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