The World Bank Group has announced the "Apps for Development" competition, a new global contest designed to challenge the public to create innovative software applications that advance solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems.
The competition invites developers to create software applications, tools, data visualizations, or "mash-ups" -- whether Web-based, mobile, through SMS, smart phone, desktop, or tablet. There are only two requirements: entries must use the World Bank Data Catalog and address one of the eight Millennium Development Goals.
The MDGs express a vision of a world in which extreme poverty and hunger have been eliminated and the economic and human welfare of poor people worldwide has been tangibly improved. The MDGs articulate specific targets to be reached by 2015 related to poverty and hunger, universal education, child health, and other crucial dimensions.
Entries should address at least one of the following objectives: 1) Raise awareness of at least one of the MDGs; or 2) Contribute to progress toward meeting one of the MDGs by 2015. Entries must also include data from at least one of the datasets available in the World Bank Data Catalog (including the World Development Indicators, Africa Development Indicators, and Millennium Development Goal Indicators).
The challenge is open to all individuals from member countries of the World Bank who have attained the age of majority in their individual nations at the time of their entries, as well as companies with fewer than fifty employees. (Organizations employing fifty or more employees are eligible for the Large Organization Recognition award.)
Entries will compete for a total of $45,000 in prizes and financial support. Winning entries will be featured on the World Bank Group's Web site.