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Greening the Internet with Apps for the Environment

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, August 11 2011

The federal Environmental Protection Agency is looking for apps for the environment.

A contest on the U.S. government's Challenge.gov platform, Apps for the Environment, offers a trip to Washington, D.C. and a chance to meet EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson — I know! Get excited! — as grand prize. But that's not the interesting bit. The interesting bit is that the EPA has pulled out the stops to get developers to build applications using their data. An introductory video enthusiastically reiterates that developers keep the rights to whatever they build. An EPA developers landing page includes possible apps and data sets that might be worth using.

Today — later this afternoon, in fact — O'Reilly Media's Alex Howard will moderate a webinar for developers featuring Sunlight Labs' Jeremy Carbaugh and Michaela Hackner, of Apps for America2 winning entrant ForumOne.

The last day to enter the contest is Sept. 16.

News Briefs

RSS Feed today >

First POST: Patient Zero

Monica Lewinsky emerges with a mission to fight cyber-bullying; Marc Andreessen explains his political philosophy; tech donors to MayDay PAC get pushback from Congressional incumbents; and much, much more. GO

monday >

First POST: Front Pagers

How Facebook's trending topics feed is wrecking political news; debating the FBI's need for an encrypted phone "backdoor"; democratizing crisis data; and much, much more. GO

friday >

First POST: Tracking

Questions about whether Whisper is secretly tracking its users' secrets; the FBI's continued push against the new wave of encrypted phones; community service, high-tech-mogul-style; and much, much more. GO

thursday >

First POST: Hosts

Airbnb in hot water in NYC; Knight Prototype Fund backs some civic tech projects; pondering Google's position on net neutrality; and much, much more. GO

wednesday >

First POST: Africa Calling

How some techies are starting to respond to the Ebola crisis; everything you need to know about GamerGate; how Twitter may upset the 2015 UK elections; and much, much more. GO

tuesday >

First POST: Burrowing

How Democratic candidates down-ballot are getting access to the same voter targeting tools used by larger campaigns; Microsoft Bing rolls out its election prediction program; Edward Snowden's first emails to Laura Poitras; and much, much more. GO

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