The Art of Living Foundation Launches the Industry’s First Happiness Apps Challenge

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The Happiness Apps Challenge invites the best minds to design and create products to solve the world’s toughest challenges and compete for $50,000 in prizes to be awarded. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 24.

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This unique initiative invites the best minds in technology and design to create apps that will make people happier.

Advancing its mission of increasing happiness in the world, The Art of Living Foundation—an educational and humanitarian nonprofit—has launched the industry’s first Happiness Apps Challenge. The challenge is open to individuals, teams and organizations all over the world. They have until Dec. 24 to enter their submissions. A video was created to explain the challenge and inspire potential participants.

This unique initiative invites the best minds in technology and design to create apps that will make people happier. The global app building challenge welcomes developers, designers and entrepreneurs to step forward and use the power of technology to build products that strive to solve the some of the world’s pressing problems that prevent happiness.

The app submissions should focus on any of these themes, or a combination thereof:

  •     spreading and increasing happiness,
  •     increasing work productivity through happiness,
  •     and reducing stress & depression.

Participants have the choice to create a mobile application (iOS or Android) or a web application, or a social application. Submissions are open until Dec. 24, when public voting will commence. The Happiness App Challenge Awards Ceremony will be held on Jan. 16, 2015. Prizes offered include $20,000 to the overall winner, $10,000 to the Runner Up, $10,000 to the Most Impactful App, and $10,000 to the Audience Choice. A distinguished panel of judges—including experts from the fields of happiness research, technology innovation and social entrepreneurship—will review the submissions.

More information and complete rules and regulations are available at http://www.happinessapps.com.

The public is invited to take part as well, by visiting the website and posting their ideas for happiness apps for developers to consider.

“If we work together for a happy world, we will be successful,” said Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, spiritual leader, happiness expert, and founder of The Art of Living Foundation. “ I invite all individuals and business entities to innovate and bring forth their best to increase the happiness quotient on this planet.”

The foundation has been working for more than 30 years to create a stress-free and violence- free society. This competition is another step aligned to its vision of spreading happiness globally. Individuals and start- ups from around the world will have an opportunity to showcase their creativity and acumen, contribute to a worthy cause and win prizes.

More About the Art of Living Foundation:

Founded in 1981, The Art of Living Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational and humanitarian organization on initiatives related to health, meditation, education, sustainable development, conflict resolution and disaster relief. One of the world’s largest volunteer-based organizations, the foundation works to create a violence-free, stress-free world by strengthening the individual. The foundation has benefited an estimated 300 million people across 152 countries. More information is available at http://www.artofliving.org.

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