People hate gridlock and want government to do something. But people also disagree about what exactly it's supposed to do — which is precisely what creates gridlock. This competition offers an opportunity to address this fundamental tension...
New York, NY (PRWEB) March 21, 2013
ChallengePost, a leading software competitions platform, today launched the “Apps for Working Government Challenge” to highlight innovative apps that make government more transparent and effective. Along with partners Sunlight Foundation, Personal Democracy Media, The Monkey Cage, and No Labels, ChallengePost invites software developers to enter new or existing applications that can help reduce partisan gridlock and increase legislative productivity at the federal, state, or local level. A total of $5,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the winning apps.
Software developers, political practitioners, technologists, as well as anyone invigorated by the potential of technology and the Internet are encouraged to share relevant data and solution ideas, and create web, mobile, or desktop apps in one of these two categories:
- Educational tools: Apps that visualize or analyze data to illustrate the problem of partisan gridlock, legislative productivity (or lack thereof), and/or related consequences.
- Solutions and action tools: Apps that citizens can use to communicate with legislators or mobilize other citizens, or tools that legislators can use to advance collaboration.
“We’re excited to introduce this challenge as a way to empower regular citizens to enact change in their government. It really gets to the root of people using their talents and harnessing technology to make government better,” said Brandon Kessler, CEO of ChallengePost. “There are a lot of frustrated Americans who want their government to be more productive. They also want to be able to make informed decisions based on hard data rather than rhetoric or ideology.”
“People hate gridlock and want government to do something. But people also disagree about what exactly it's supposed to do — which is precisely what creates gridlock,” said John Sides, Co-Founder and Contributor of ‘The Monkey Cage,’ a blog about political science and politics. “This competition offers an opportunity to address this fundamental tension and generate innovations that can educate and enlighten citizens."
“No Labels' growing citizens movement of Democrats, Republicans and Independents is committed to ending the dysfunction in Washington that prevents our country from solving very serious problems," said No Labels Co-Founder Jonathan Miller. "That’s why we think this effort to build apps that empower citizens to get involved in breaking the gridlock in our government is so important and exciting.”
The Apps for Working Government Challenge is accepting submissions from March 20 to June 19, 2013. Participants who enter an eligible app by May 1, 2013 will receive improvement tips from a panel of experts prior to the final deadline. All eligible submissions will be featured on the challenge website.
For full challenge details, visit http://AppsForWorkingGov.ChallengePost.com.
ChallengePost brings software makers and organizations together for online challenges and in-person hackathons that build awareness, solve problems, and spur innovation. ChallengePost also powers Challenge.gov, an award-winning website where citizens and the U.S. government come together to innovate and solve problems. For more information, visit http://challengepost.com.
About the Partners
The Sunlight Foundation is a non-partisan non-profit that uses cutting-edge technology and ideas to make government transparent and accountable.
Personal Democracy Media is a media hub where technology, politics, government and civic life intersect. For more information, visit http://personaldemocracy.com.
The Monkey Cage is a blog about political science and politics. For more information, visit http://themonkeycage.org.
No Labels is a group of Republicans, Democrats and Independents dedicated to promoting a new politics of problem solving. We welcome people left, right and everything in between so long as they are willing to work with one another to seek shared success for America. That new attitude is what No Labels is all about. Visit No Labels at http://www.nolabels.org.