Register for Alameda County’s Apps Challenge

April 3, 2015 7:52 am PST | Data as a Service

Do you love to code? Have a eureka-worthy idea for an app that would improve life in Alameda County? If you are a resident of the County (or live nearby), consider registering for ACApps. Taking place on Saturday, April 25th at James Logan High School in Union, Calif., the hackathon is open to all: developers, programmers, marketers, and anyone who’s ever thought “I really wish there was an app for that!”

This will be Alameda’s fourth Apps Challenge: previous hackathons have led to the development of apps that allow residents to see if books are available in the library, locate green businesses across the County, and search out parks with specific features, such as a dog run or a Frisbee-friendly area.

What Attendees Need to Know

All ages and skill levels are welcome at this Apps Challenge. If you have a team in place already, that’s great! But attendees are also encouraged to show up alone and work solo, or join a team once the hacking commences.

Hackathon participants will have access to more than a hundred data sets, from listings of Certified Green Businesses to maps of senior citizen services. Prizes are awarded at the end of the event for the best apps, with first prize set at $3,000.

Goals for the County’s Fourth Hackathon:

In Apps Challenge 2015, Alameda County is looking for apps that:

  • Have clear benefits: All apps should provide something useful to residents, businesses, or tourists.
  • Use a dataset: Choose from the 180 data sets available from Alameda County’s data portal.
  • Are user-friendly: Not only should the app work on any device, but it should be easy to figure out how to work it.
  • Display innovation: Apps should display originality and a creative approach.

Building Useful Apps and Fostering Engagement

This hackathon is one of the many ways that Alameda County encourages citizen engagement. The event showcases the County’s transparency, and puts the spotlight on all of the County’s available open data.

And, as Susan Muranishi, Alamada County Administrator, points out, hackathons are also “an exciting way we can leverage the vast pool of talent and creativity available in our community to enhance the services we provide.’’

Learn more about Alameda County’s rich history of collaboration with citizens — plus, how the County is saving more than half a million dollars annually through open-data-driven apps — in our case study of the County’s hackathons and app challenges. And, if you’ll be in the County on April 25th, and have a hot idea for a helpful app, register to participate in Alameda County’s Apps Challenge Hackathon.

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