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Open data competition challenges developers, benefits Albertans

Albertans will have faster and easier access to information as a result of open data competition

February 20, 2015

EDMONTON – The Alberta government, in partnership with Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures, is hosting Apps for Alberta. This competition will challenge software and application developers to use public data to create working computer or mobile applications that provide social and economic value to Albertans. 

“Modernizing the way government interacts with Albertans is key to our open government strategy. As part of this strategy, we invite developers to take free and available data and turn it into apps that are useful in the day-to-day lives of Albertans," says Stephen Khan, Minister of Service Alberta.

The competition, which begins tomorrow on International Open Data Day (February 21, 2015), will raise awareness of Alberta’s Open Data Portal, and show the value in sharing data and how that data can foster innovation and economic opportunity. 

“Apps for Alberta will create further opportunities for our province’s information technology entrepreneurs and companies by leveraging the Government of Alberta’s move towards an open data platform. Most importantly, these new applications will help diversify our economy and bring economic and social benefits to Alberta," says Stephen Lougheed, President and CEO of Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures. 

The competition is being hosted by ChallengePost, an internationally recognized platform for open development contests. It is open to residents of Canada (excluding Quebec) and the United States. Developers will retain all intellectual property rights for the apps they create. 

The awards for Best Overall, Best Made in Alberta and Best Student Application will be determined by a panel of judges. The People’s Choice Award will be based on popular vote. The prizes include a top award of $30,000 provided by Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures. 
 

Judges

  • David Eaves, public policy consultant & open data advocate
  • Richard Pietro, Host for the Open Government Tour
  • Bruce Johnson, Executive Chairman at Visio Media
  • Patrick Lor, CEO, Dissolve.com
  • Rod Skura, Deputy Minister, Service Alberta

Key Dates

  • Competition runs from February 21 to June 19, 2015
  • Public voting runs from June 29 to July 24, 2015
  • Prizes awarded – August 13, 2015

Official rules and eligibility requirements are available at AppsForAlberta.ChallengePost.com.

About Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures

Part of Alberta’s research and innovation system, Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures (AITF) is helping build healthy, sustainable businesses in the province. Through a suite of programs and services for entrepreneurs, companies, researchers, post-secondary institutions and investors, AITF provides technical services and funding support to facilitate the commercialization of technologies, to develop new knowledge-based industry clusters and help encourage an entrepreneurial culture in Alberta.

For more information, please contact: 

Mark Diner
Chief Advisor, Open Government
mark.diner@gov.ab.ca 
Office 780.644.4389
Mobile and Text 587.334.8959
http://data.alberta.ca
@openDataAB