Voting open for Apps for Development Challenge
Monday, 07 February 2011

More than 100 apps from 36 countries were submitted for the World Bank Apps for Development competition and now it's time to cast your vote

We reported on the World Bank Apps for Development competition when it opened in October 2010. The challenge was to build an app using World Bank data and addressing or raising awareness of one of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and was linked to its Open Data Initiative, launched in April, 2010 whereby its data was available without charge.

The contest which has attracted a total of 107 submissions from 36 countries with almost a third being from Africa has exceeded the World Bank's expectations.

According to Aleem Walji's blog post:

When we opened our data at the World Bank last April, we were excited by the possibility of users coming up with applications and uses of development data that we would have never come up with ourselves. What we did not expect, however, was the scale of response, creativity, and energy from the software development community, researchers, and other user groups from so many parts of the world.

Submissions range from simple games for awareness raising to visualization tools and research programs to make better use of development indicators when analyzing the Millennium Development Goals.




This video gives an overview of the competition and the response and encourages you to vote.

Each of the submissions in the Applications Gallery  also have YouTube videos. The submissions can be filtered by category and by region but they are so varied that they all deserve attention.



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For details of the apps and to vote visit:

Apps for Development

Related article:

Developers challenged to eradicate world poverty


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