Do you want to use the power of open APIs and mashups to help make the US Congress more accountable, interactive and transparent? If so, then you'll want to enter the new Apps for America Mashup Contest from the good folks at the Sunlight Foundation. Like last year's Mashup Congress contest, this is another notable competition from Sunlight, whose nonprofit mission is to help organizations use Internet technologies to make information about Congress and the federal government more accessible to the American people to create a "catalyst for greater political transparency and to foster more openness and accountability in government."
How to compete?
- Contestants must join the Sunlight Labs Google Group
- Entries must use one of the following APIs or Datasets in their mashup:
- While not required, bonus points go to using one of Sunlight's open source libraries
- All software you write has to be licensed under the MIT, New BSD, or the GPL family of licenses.
- Entries must be received by March 31, 2009. Winners will be announced on April 7th.
As with the Mashup Congress contest, there's lots of great opportunity for developers to create something both innovative and beneficial. Take for example last year's winner, Unfluence. Built using the API from Follow the Money it gets you more insight into the truth of campaign finance via an interactive network map of state level political contribution data (more at our Unfluence mashup profile).
For more ideas and inspiration, take a look at our Government Mashup and API dashboard.