World Bank Offers Prizes for Apps Using Bank Data

9 October 2010

The World Bank has offered prizes for the developers of software applications using World Bank data.

The software applications must raise awareness of one or more of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) or contribute toward meeting them.

Submissions may be any kind of 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. The proposed application must use one or more datasets from the World Bank Data Catalog available at data.worldbank.org.

Interested participants must register for the contest on the Bank’s contest webpage by creating an account between Oct. 7, 2010, and Jan. 10, 2011.  The site provides official rules.

First prize is $15,000, with the prize total being $45,000. Winners will be announced in April.

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