“We hope that this competition will bring people together from different backgrounds and ideas to all focus on one thing – helping to make a difference in our community,” said City Manager James Keene. “An apps competition sustains the momentum of our efforts to be a leading digital and smart city. We also expect it will be a lot of fun for families too.”
The competition is designed to help launch an app that can facilitate increased engagement between the community and local governments. The focus is deliberately broad to encourage a variety of solutions. Individuals and teams with diverse skills are encouraged to enter. Initially, entrants just need the ability to communicate an idea in a convincing manner while finalists are ultimately required to demonstrate their idea as a working prototype.
“People want to participate and make a difference in their community using their unique skills,” said Palo Alto Chief Information Officer Jonathan Reichental. “The apps competition is an exciting forum for that to happen. There is no doubt now that mobile devices are where the future of user computing will reside. We have to bring more government services to those devices and this competition will help to spur innovation and idea creation in this important area.”
Call for Entries begins on January 21 and runs through February 28. Submissions are free and open to anyone legally residing in the United States. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st place ($3,500), 2nd place ($1,000) and 3rd place ($500). Additionally, winners receive a commemorative plaque and free incorporation services.
Important dates include:
January 21 – February 28
Call for Entries. Participants can enter as many times as they wish.
March 1 – March 12
Initial scoring by the judges.
Announcement of the finalists
Finalists display work in progress for public and judges to view
May 31 (coincides with the 2nd Annual National Day of Civic Hacking)
Finalists showcase final prototype to the public with judging and prizes awarded.
The goals of the Competition are threefold: (1) to stimulate the development of applications that improve civic engagement; (2) to encourage innovation and the creation of new intellectual property with commercial potential by individuals, startups and small organizations, and (3) to help leverage technology to solve an important city challenge.
Visit http://www.hackpaloalto.org for details and to submit your app proposal from Jan 21 – Feb 28. Latest updates can be found on Facebook www.facebook.com/hackpaloalto and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hackpaloalto.
The Palo Alto Apps Challenge is sponsored by the City of Palo Alto, Stanford Federal Credit Union, WilmerHale, Daily Post, and the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation.