Thank you Ryan. I'm so glad to know that I am not alone in my hopes to find out who the winners are beforeThanksgiving. Everyone worked so hard on their Apps; it would be nice to see them rewarded before the holiday :).
However, at this point; I would be happy to simply know the announcement date.
@Brittany: Is the delay due to finding a location to hold an awards event of some kind? I do not recall seeing any communications in regards to an awards event being scheduled? The assumption was that the winners would simply be announced online. What is the reason the winners are not being announced online? Please advise.
Half the entries fail to meet the simple requirements anyway. Open source and using publicly available data is necessary. I have done coding challenges before that allowed submissions to win without following the rules. Hopefully, since government dollars will fund these prizes I would expect more transparency and oversight.
Ultimately, this produced 66 products/ideas for $100,000. And again, even that is generous due to the obvious commercial implications of some that will never be open source.
If winners have been chosen already they are going through the process to validate the eligibility of contestants and having them fill out tax forms before they announce the names.
I'm confident that the judges will do an excellent job deciding the winners of the challenge, and feel that the rewards are generous.
Many of the Apps submissions were innovative and thoughtful.
It does make sense that they may be validating elgibility; however; they should communicate clear expectations to the participants; so they do not have to merely speculate on what is going on at present.
It is more likely that nothing is going on right now due to the holidays; and the holidays are the reason that winners have not yet been announced.