Calgary’s Charity App Challenge Offering $30,000 Contract to Winning Development Team

Scroll, click, code. From February 1 to 3, that’s exactly what local Calgary software developers will be doing to help create mobile apps to benefit charity.

Competing for the chance to win a $30,000 contract, local developers will work in teams over 48 hours building a mobile solution for this year’s Calgary Herald Christmas Fund Charities. The Calgary Herald, Digital Alberta and Place2Give have come together to leverage technology for social good—hack-a-thon style.

“The Calgary Herald is thrilled that the development community in Calgary has agreed to provide their valuable time and expertise for the first Charity App Challenge. The CAC will provide a weekend of fun and (we hope!) amazing work that will ultimately produce a mobile App that our Herald Christmas fund charities can use to make even more of a difference for their clients and partners,” says Guy Huntingford, publisher of the Calgary Herald.

Two of the local charities involved, CCASA and The Kerby Centre, are excited about the outcome of this challenge. For them, the ability to be provided with a mobile solution that will give them yet another way to engage with their stakeholders, clients, and the communities they service.

Danielle Aubry Executive Director of CCASA noted that “it is critical that our organization keeps pace with the growth of technology. The challenge allows us to be part of a dynamic project that will further let us reach out to our clients and communities.”

“We are looking forward to receiving and implementing the mobile solution that comes out of the Charity App Challenge as both our donors, stakeholders and especially our boomer clients are increasingly mobile and technologically savvy,” added Kerby CEO Luanne Whitmarsh said.

“We understand that 48 hours is not a long time, but that’s part of the hack-a-thon challenge and fun,” explains Digital Alberta president Michelle Sklar. “Furthermore, it is understood that the app created at the Challenge will need refining before being released. Part of the contract conditions for the winning team will be details that outline their completion and support obligations.”

The Challenge is still encouraging developers, volunteers and sponsors to participate. And don’t forget to vote for your favourite idea for the hack-a-thon.

“We are really excited about the opportunity this initiative is providing to the 2012 recipients of the Calgary Herald Christmas Fund,” said Place2Give CEO Gena Rotstein. “And the potential for the program to expand year-on-year will be hugely beneficial to Calgary’s philanthropy community.”

For more information on the Charity App Challenge, visit the Calgary Herald.