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World Bank Apps for Development Competition

The Apps for Development Competition challenges participants to develop software apps related to one or more of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) http://www.worldbank.org/mdgs/ It aims to bring together software developers and development practitioners to use World Bank data in the creation of innovative software applications.

The apps created could serve to raise awareness, measure progress, or help achieve the MDGs. The app should also use one or more datasets from the World Bank Data Catalog, found at  http://data.worldbank.org

Who can enter? Entries may be made by any individuals or teams, including researchers, academics, policy makers, non-profit or civil society organizations, private sector companies, statisticians, software developers, social entrepreneurs, etc.

What kind of “apps” or applications are eligible, and how will they be assessed? Any software application–whether web-based, mobile, SMS, smart phone, desktop, or tablet–that includes World Bank data will be qualified, as long as it meets the eligibility requirements set forth on the official Competition website.

When are the deadlines? The Competition opens on October 7, 2010 and the deadline for submissions is January 10, 2011.

The MDGs represent a collective ambition for our world; they express a vision of a world where extreme poverty and hunger have been eliminated, and the economic and human welfare of poor people worldwide has been tangibly improved. The MDGs lay out specific targets related to poverty–such as hunger, universal education, and child health–to be reached by 2015.

For more information, rules, and submission guidelines, go to www.worldbank.org/appsfordevelopment

(Release sourced from PAHO Knowledge Management and Communication KMC list).

October 8, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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