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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY
SUBJECT: $75,000 in prizes to be awarded for best applications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
8/30/2012  6:45:00 AM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Sabra Schneider (206) 684-8328


$75,000 in prizes to be awarded for best applications
Deadline for Evergreen Apps Challenge is one week away

The State of Washington, King County, and the City of Seattle are alerting local developers that the deadline for submitting apps to the Evergreen Apps Challenge is only one week away. Eligible entries should be submitted before 5 pm PST on Thursday, Sept 6.

A number of completed apps have already been sent to Challenge organizers, who will look to a panel of judges to award more than $75,000 in prizes on October 1, when the winners will be announced. The Challenge is open to people who live, work or study in Washington State and Washington small businesses with fewer than 50 employees.

"The Evergreen Apps Challenge encourages people to find interesting and innovative ways to use government data to improve their community", said Ted Schmitt, chair of Seattle’s Citizens Telecommunications and Technology Advisory Board. "This is a great opportunity for application developers, designers, entrepreneurs and anyone with ideas for improving their community to leverage the data our government creates everyday to create fun, useful and accessible tools for everyone."

The Evergreen Apps Challenge is a cooperative effort between the State of Washington, King County, and the City of Seattle to encourage economic development and job growth in our region while providing useful apps for residents and visitors.

The State, County, and City have all made datasets available for public use, though any data about Washington State, King County or Seattle can be used for the challenge. Review detailed rules at http://www.evergreenapps.org/ to see if your application or idea is eligible.

In April, Seattle hosted the first government-focused Startup Weekend, where programmers, entrepreneurs, government officials and technical experts joined together to build apps over the course of a weekend. Two teams came away from the event with first prize award apps: WhichBus, an application that can generate useful directions for getting from one part of town to the other on the bus, and Art Rover, an application that can locate nearby public art, and help people explore the city in a new way.

The Evergreen Apps team and judging panel is looking forward to seeing a variety of applications in this next round of competition that includes student awards. Don’t miss the deadline or this chance to build an app and make a difference.

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