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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:

The $10,000 contest challenges app developers to find innovative ways to utilize Commerce and other publicly available data and information to support American businesses. The business app challenge calls on developers to utilize at least one Department of Commerce data set in creating an application that assists businesses and/or improves the service delivery of to the business community. Developers may choose the platform that best suits them. Applicants may design for the web, personal computer, mobile handheld device, or any platform broadly accessible to the open Internet. A list of developer-friendly data sets can be found on the Business Data and Tools page of

Judges include John Bryson, the commerce secretary; Vint Cerf, Google's chief Internet evangelist; Vivek Kundra, former White House chief information officer and now a vice president at; Tim O'Reilly, the founder of O'Reilly Media; Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer; and Steven VanRoekel, the current federal chief information officer.