Apps Challenge Aims to Improve Detroit Through Technology

Competition will have individuals or teams design applications to tackle the city's problems.
by | June 28, 2012 AT 8:00 PM

New applications - or apps - are constantly being built to improve efficiency and make people's lives easier, but there can be a disconnect between designers and end users. In an effort to bridge that gap and increase the use of technology to solve Detroit's problems a non-profit, Code For America, has launched a competition called Apps For Detroit. The two-week long contest is open to anyone who has an idea for how technology can improve the city, including non-residents. The organizers hope to use the event to bring together developers and citizens who understand the problems because they live them daily and in doing so create better apps. They anticipate many of the apps will be built on city data that is already available or being newly released by the city in conjunction with the competition, but submissions need only have a working application that addresses a problem the city faces. The submission deadline is July 15th and a panel of judges representing business, government, and the media will announce the winners on August 1.

UPDATE: Jefferson City, Missouri is also holding an apps challenge with a September 28, 2012 deadline. The details of that contest can be found here.