Saturday, October 30, 2010

Apps for Development Competition

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

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 and taxes.

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:

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 cash prize.

Deadline for submissions is January 10, 2011.

For more information, rules, and submission guidelines, go to

Apps for Development Competition Video Conference - Hanoi

This video conference session is organized to brief you about the competition in details. 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:

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