over 5 years ago

Apps for Communities Highlight Video

Although the Apps for Communities Challenge wrapped on 12/15/2011, checkout a video highlighting the challenge grand prize winners, words from Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, Damian Thorman, the National Director of the Knight Foundation, Jen Pahlka, the CEO of Code of America and a challenge, plus much more!

Watch Here: http://fcc.us/appshighlightsvid

Remember to follow @communityapps on Twitter, or the Apps for Communities Facebook page for updates and news.  


over 5 years ago

Apps for Communities Challenge Awards Video

If you couldn't make it to the offices of Andreessen Horowitz in Silicon Valley for the Apps for Communities Challenge Awards, then checkout the video of the ceremony.  The ceremony includes a welcome from John O'Farrell, General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, remarks from Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski and Damian Thorman, the National Director of the Knight Foundation.  Plus presentations from the grand prize winners: Yak.bus, Homeless SCC, Txt2wk and much more!


Watch Video:

http://fcc.us/appsawardsvideo

 

Remember to follow @communityapps on Twitter, or the Apps for Communities Facebook page for updates and news.  

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over 5 years ago

Apps for Communities Challenge Winners Revealed


Apps for Communities Challenge Winners Revealed!!  

Last April, Knight Foundation and the Federal Communications Commission challenged developers and citizens from across the country to develop apps that deliver personalized, actionable information for the Apps for Communities Challenge. As a result, we received almost 70 entries from around the U.S., from California to Pennsylvania.  

The challenge awards $100,000 in prizes to winning application developers and is intended to bring together providers of public data, developers, and traditionally underserved populations through a national contest.  

Today, the FCC and the Knight Foundation are proud to announce the winners of…

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over 5 years ago

Apps for Communities Challenge Winner Announcement on 12/15

Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation challenged American citizens to develop software applications (apps) that deliver personalized, actionable information to people that are least likely to be online. Using hyper-local government and other public data, people developed apps that will enable Americans to benefit from broadband communications -- regardless of geography, race, economic status, disability, residence on Tribal land, or degree of digital or English literacy -- by providing easy access to relevant content.

This week, we’re excited to unveil the winners at a ceremony at 10 AM PST Thursday…

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over 5 years ago

Behind the Scenes with Apps for Communities

So, who's behind the 50+ apps that we've received so far? Curious to know some details? 

Apps are coming in from communities across the country — from Native American reservations and cities in California, Georgia, Oregon, Wisconsin, Rhode Island, New York, Washington, and Michigan.

What are the apps about? They're for accessing information to help with traffic and physical road condition alerts, diabetes, tribal issues, rental property openings, expanding opportunity for low-income kids, pediatric services, emergency use of hashtags, student records, homeless services, greening cities like Detroit, and much more.

The apps are made by men and women, young and old, from teens to elders, local leaders, community…

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over 5 years ago

The Buzz About Our Challenge on Awesome Blogs

We have now received over 50 entries to the Apps for Communities Challenge. Thank you for your help and support!  Recently, we sent out a call to bloggers to write about our challenge and they responded.

Can you write a blog post about the challenge? Let us know if you do and we may be able to help send traffic to your site. There is less than one week left to enter the Apps for Communities Challenge, get involved and develop an app to help improve your community or spread the word to others that may be interested in supporting…

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over 5 years ago

The Buzz about Apps for Communities on Twitter

The folks behind Apps for Communities are ecstatic when the community talks about how our app challenge will make the information you need more useful in your daily life. We want to share some of the many great tweets we’ve appreciated this summer. 

Holly Ross (@ntenhross), executive director of NTEN, asked her Tweeps: “Can a web app help school kids in MI?”


What do you think? [Correct answer: Yes!] Holly continued, “Enter the Apps for Communities challenge! http://t.co/7ewlin #nptech @jakebrewer".

 We’re grateful to influential people with tech followings like Alex Howard (@digiphile) of O’Reilly Media, Craig Newmark (@craignewmark) of Craig’s…

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over 5 years ago

Apps for Communities – Reminder to submit entries

By Tammy Sun, Communications Director, FCC, 

It’s the final days of summer and the Apps for Communities entry deadline’s been extended until October 3, 2011. Thanks for all those who’ve already submitted; our judges are looking forward to reviewing your apps. To enter, apply via the Challenge.gov portal and add a link to your team’s fully functioning app or demonstration and the source code.  

 The Apps for Communities Challenge is an initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Federal Communications Commission. The Challenge will offer up to $100,000 in prizes to winning application developers and…

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over 5 years ago

Apps Deadline Extended until October 3rd, 2011

By Clay Johnson, Partner, Big Window Labs

 

We are thrilled to have already received over 35 entries to the Apps for Communities contest, but because we've just recently confirmed our impressive slate of judges, the Knight Foundation and the FCC wanted to give everyone a few extra weeks.  The results of this contest can have an enormously powerful impact on local communities across the country and we could not be happier that so many participants are interested in our contest.  As a result, we're extending our deadline until Monday, October 3rd.  

In addition, we are also honored to…

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over 5 years ago

Announcing Judging Panel for Apps for Communities

The FCC and the Knight Foundation have partnered up for a competition to build apps to make cities more livable! As developers and communities’ use the last few weeks of summers to finish their entries for the Apps for Communities Challenge, it’s time to announce the impressive panel of judges who will be reviewing and scoring those entries.  We are honored to have investors, technologist, civic leaders, entrepreneurs, and philanthropist who have agreed to server as judges for the competition; which ends October 3.  Without further ado, the judges are:

Marc Andreessen , co-founder and general partner of Andreessen Horowitz.

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almost 6 years ago

Deadline extended! 6 more weeks of apps

Procrastinators and last-minute tinkerers, rejoice.

Due to a flood of apps submissions in the last few days, the Apps for Communities team has extended the deadline for apps submissions until Wednesday, August 31. Apps developers will have until 11:59 PM local time on that date to submit the app they think could win this contest.

The Apps for Communities team has more announcements in store for the coming days and weeks. In the meantime, please continue asking any questions you have about rules / regulations / guidelines, or any help you need while submitting your app idea.

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