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Courting Suburban Civic Hackers in Illinois

BY Miranda Neubauer | Monday, March 11 2013

Rockford Meet-Up (Facebook/Daniel X. O'Neil)

Writing software to make cities and towns easier to live in seems like it's been a primarily urban hobby until now, with big cities like New York, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia hogging all the headlines. Hoping to change that, Illinois state officials and nonprofits launched the Illinois Open Technology Challenge, promising $75,000 in prize money distributed to software developers that use state or city data in applications designed for users outside of Chicago rather than inside of it. Contest organizers have moved the challenge's deadline back two weeks, to March 29. Read More

The Commerce Department's Looking for Apps for Business

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, February 23 2012

The Department of Commerce yesterday announced a $10,000 business app challenge to bolster the launch of BusinessUSA, the federal government's new one-stop shop web portal for small business. Read More

The Europe Roundup: 30 Years of Hacking - a Profile of the Chaos Computer Club

BY Antonella Napolitano | Thursday, November 10 2011

30 Years of Hacking: a Profile of the Chaos Computer Club The Chaos Computer Club is well-known group that has been bringing together hackers from all over the world in the past few years. The group - that turned ... Read More

New York City Announces BigApps 3.0

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, October 12 2011

A $10,000 grand prize is now on offer for the third NYC BigApps competition, announced last night. Launched in 2009 as of the earliest contests challenging developers to build applications specifically for denizens of a ... Read More

The Europe Roundup: Come Hack4Transparency At The European Parliament

BY Antonella Napolitano | Tuesday, October 4 2011

EU | Come Hack4Transparency at the European Parliament  The first hacking event in a European institution will take place in the European Parliament in Brussels next November 8th and 9th. As the website's ... Read More

The Europe Roundup: Avast ye timbers! German Pirate Party Wins Piece of Eight in Local Elections

BY Antonella Napolitano | Tuesday, September 20 2011

Germany | Avast ye timbers! German Pirate Party Wins Piece of Eight in Local Elections One of the Pirate Party poster. Yesterday the German Pirate Party saw a victory in Berlin state elections, as the internet activist ... Read More

The Europe Roundup: A Good Week For Open Data

BY Antonella Napolitano | Friday, September 16 2011

Germany | Berlin Data Portal Image: Epsi Platform (CC BY 2.0) Earlier this week the German state of Berlin launched a data portal, the first of its kind in Germany. Ulrich Freise, Secretary of State for Home Affairs, ... Read More

What Giving Looks Like

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, July 14 2011

This is a cropped version of one notable project among several from an apps contest hosted by Donors Choose, the online platform for public school teachers to solicit donations for their projects, based on a data trove ... Read More

An Apps Contest for the MTA

BY Nick Judd | Monday, July 11 2011

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the entity responsible for the New York City Subway and commuter transportation in the city's metropolitan area, is hosting an apps contest for developers to build on top of the ... Read More

Inspired By Apps for Democracy, 'Apps4Russia' Prepares to Launch

BY Becky Kazansky | Friday, June 24 2011

Yesterday, a group of Russian bloggers, developers, and transparency proponents let slip the news of a new open data app competition they've organized, Apps4Russia. The official announcement is slated for Tuesday, June ... Read More