The Apps for Development Competition aims to bring together software developers and development practitioners to use World Bank data in the creation of innovative software applications.
The Competition challenges participants to develop software apps related to one or more of the Millennium Development Goals
(MDGs). The apps 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.
For example, a technology student or an employee in a
computer company can create a program that predicts the concentration of
internet use in various parts of the world 5 or 10 years from now.
Or, a government office can get data from Doing Business
and create an application that would locate the country that is most
conducive for the country's investment based on trading across borders
The following link has a video with many other ideas that
came out of a meeting between software developers and development
specialists in the warm-up to the competition launch: http://appsfordevelopment.challengepost.com/resources#ideas
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.
First Prize $15,000 USD
Second Prize $10,000 USD
Third Prize $5,000 USD
Honorable Mentions (5) $2,000 USD Each
Popular Choice Award $5,000 USD
Large Organization Recognition Award: The Large
Organization Award winner will receive public acknowledgement, but no
Deadline for submissions is January 10, 2011.
For more information, rules, and submission guidelines, go to www.worldbank.org/appsfordevelopment
Apps for Development Competition Video Conference - Hanoi
conference session is organized to brief you about the competition in
The video conference will be held on Tuesday, November 02, 2010, from 6pm to 9pm.
Venue: Vietnam Development Information Center, 2nd floor, 63 Ly Thai To, Hanoi.
For registration, please contact Ms Vu Thi Nha, office phone: 04-3934 6845, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.