Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Apps For Development

Public voting has just been opened on the World Bank's Apps for Development Competition. With this competition, for the first time the World Bank opened its catalogue of development data to the general public and developer communities so that they can use the data and create tools, games, apps or analysis to solve the global issues. All the submissions were required to use the World Bank data, and work for Millennium Development Goals including global poverty, education, health, gender equality and environmental sustainability. The competition received 107 submissions from 36 countries after it started in October, 2010, and the submissions included SMS services and children's game for the iPhone as well as educational and statistical modelling tools. Although the final winners will be determined by a panel of experts, people can still vote on the Popular Choice category.

This program is a part of the World Bank's Open Data initiative which attempts to connect the available resources with a talented pool of professionals so that experts can come up with innovative strategies to solve global issues. You can also vote for your preferred apps at the competition website,


-Nisha Noor