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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.

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