Apps for communities: contest from Knight Foundation and the FCC

Hey, people in a lot of places are finding serious uses for apps the improve our lives. My fellow nerds, I mean programmers, should pay attention to this, it’s a chance to do something challenging, something real, something that makes a difference for real.

The Knight Foundation and the FCC want to make local data personalized, usable and actionable for all Americans. Apps for Communities gives people a chance to win an award, and be recognized, by the FCC and the Knight Foundation while solving local problems through technology. We’re offering $100,000 in prizes. Bonuses will be awarded for the best apps that engage people in your community that are less likely to be plugged in: non-English speakers, people with disabilities, seniors, and the technologically challenged—like an app that delivers local contract and seasonal job alerts in multiple languages via SMS, or an app that helps seniors easily connect through VOiP, or an app to help people locate urgent care facilities or sources of healthy food including directions for public transportation access. This contest is the first of its kind: We’re bringing together providers of local public data, developers, and traditionally underserved populations through a national co

Get involved, go to,  sign up for updates on our developer listserv, see what others are doing, and submit an app.

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