EPA Challenges Software Developers to Create App That Puts Environmental and Public Health Information at Citizens' Fingertips
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing its "Apps for the Environment" challenge to encourage the development of innovative environmental applications for people and communities. The challenge invites the information technology community to create applications that help people make informed decisions about environmental issues that can affect their health. EPA is engaging students, colleges and universities, and developers across the U.S. to develop and submit an app.
The challenge is a step towards a longer term objective of engaging developers and raising awareness about the availability and usefulness of EPA's data. Applications for the challenge must use EPA's data and be accessible via the web or a mobile device. Submissions are due by September 16, 2011.
EPA experts will select finalists and winning submissions based their usefulness, innovation, and ability to address one or more of seven priorities for EPA's future. In addition, the public will be able to vote for a "People's Choice" winner. Winners will receive recognition from EPA on the agency's website and at an event in Washington, D.C. in the fall, where they'll be able to present their apps to senior EPA officials and other interested parties.
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More information on Administrator Jackson's priorities: