Evergreen Apps Challenge to award $75,000 in prizes
Winners of the Evergreen Apps Challenge will be named on October 1, 2012, at City Hall. Mayor Mike McGinn and King County Executive Dow Constantine will kick off the event with $75,000 in prizes awarded for the best new civic apps, including two people's choice awards. The people's choice awards will be decided by those in attendance and everyone who registers gets a vote.
"The intersection of technology and society inspire our storytelling at GeekWire, and this event combines these themes along with one that is close to my heart: doing well by doing good. I can't wait to see what the app developer community has created for this challenge," said Rebecca Lovell of GeekWire, who is emceeing the awards ceremony.
Registration is free at http://bit.ly/UQkLvy. The event will be held Monday, October 1, in the Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, in Seattle, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Music and light refreshments will be provided.
Evergreen Apps Challenge is a joint initiative of the City of Seattle, Washington State's Broadband Office and King County to produce sustainable applications to help find new and useful ways to use data about our region. Goals of the competition are twofold: (1) to stimulate the development of applications that improve access to information, government services and government transparency, making it easier and more fun to visit, live and work in Washington; and (2) to stimulate economic development by encouraging innovation and the creation of new intellectual property with commercial potential by individuals, startups and small organizations. The challenge is funded primarily through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Seven judges from across the state will select the winning apps:
Keynote speaker will be Conrad Saam, vice president of marketing for Urbanspoon, the most downloaded food and top three travel application. He has spoken at numerous SMX events, SEOmoz Pro Training and SearchFest conferences and is a regular lecturer at the University of Washington's MBA program.
Saam will speak about his views on data collection for building out comprehensive app coverage and the challenges of repeating the Urbanspoon story today.
Details on the Evergreen Apps Challenge are found at http://www.evergreenapps.org/. Join us on October 1 to celebrate the award winners, meet the judges and vote on people's choice awards!