Apps for Alberta: Open Data Competition Challenges Developers

The Alberta government, in partnership with Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures, is hosting Apps for Alberta.

The competition will challenge software and application developers to use public data to create working computer or mobile applications that provide social and economic value to Albertans.

The competition, which started recently on International Open Data Day, aims to raise awareness of Alberta’s Open Data Portal, and show the value in sharing data and how that data can foster innovation and economic opportunity.

“Modernizing the way government interacts with Albertans is key to our open government strategy,” said Stephen Khan, Minister of Service Alberta.

The awards for Best Overall, Best Made in Alberta and Best Student Application will be determined by a panel of judges. The People’s Choice Award will be based on popular vote. The prizes include a top award of $30,000 provided by Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures.

“Apps for Alberta will create further opportunities for our province’s information technology entrepreneurs and companies by leveraging the Government of Alberta’s move towards an open data platform,” said Stephen Lougheed, President and CEO of Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures.

The competition is open to residents of Canada (excluding Quebec) and the United States. Developers will retain all intellectual property rights for the apps they create.

Judges include David Eaves, public policy consultant and open data advocate; Bruce Johnson, Executive Chairman at Visio Media; and Rod Skura, Deputy Minister, Service Alberta.

The competition closes June 19. Prizes are awarded in August following public voting.