February 18, 2019
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Panelists and presenters at last week's Open Government West 2011 conference in Portland, Oregon tackled the topic of government sponsored app contests. Attendees asserted that not all app contests are designed the same way and there are different benefits and drawbacks with each kind. An overarching issue seemed to be the value returned to the public on government investment in app contests. Governments are looking for the best way to offer services to the public in the face of budget cuts and are eyeing citizen generated apps.
The movement to enable ordinary citizens, aided by civic-minded programmers, to plumb the depths of government data continues today with the launch of the Apps for Californians Contest. This new mashup competition from the State of California is intended to further the goals of transparency and access.
You may remember our previous blog post on ShowUsABetterWay.com, a web site set up by the UK Government's Power of Information Task Force as a resource for public involvement in the use of government data made available for use in mashups and applications. As part of the Task Force's data sharing initiative, a contest with several cash prizes was set up as an incentive to garner ideas on how to effectively use the government data.