On December 2nd, 2011, the World Bank Group announced Apps For Climate, a competition to discover extraordinary ways to use open data to address the challenges of climate change. In the coming decades, climate change is expected to hit developing countries especially hard, affecting agriculture, food and water supplies. Modeled after Apps For Development, the Apps For Climate competition aims to bring together the best ideas from scientists, application developers, civil society organizations, and development practitioners to create innovative software apps using World Bank climate data.
Submissions may be any kind of functioning software application, be it for the web, a personal computer, a mobile handheld device, console, SMS, or any software platform broadly available to the public. They should serve to raise awareness, measure progress, or to help in some other way to address the development challenges of climate change, building on one or more datasets in the World Bank’s Data Catalog or the Climate Change Knowledge Portal. Use of other open data sets is highly encouraged also.
Applications must be received by March 16, 2012. Those that best satisfy the competition criteria will receive cash prizes—first prize is $15,000—and featured placement on the World Bank Open Data website.