Mayor Jerry Sanders challenges San Diegans to create applications to improve quality of life and public services.
The AT&T San Diego Apps Challenge invites San Diegans to create applications that will benefit the region, like this app showcasing a metro map of Paris. Photo by Matt Buchanan.
College students and others will get a unique chance to enhance public services and improve quality of life for San Diegans with the AT&T San Diego Apps Challenge, announced earlier this week by Mayor Jerry Sanders.
The competition invites software developers to use city and partner data to create applications that will benefit residents throughout the region.
Winners of the competition will split a total of $50,000 in prize money donated by challenge sponsors, including:
- San Diego Gas & Electric
- CleanTech San Diego
The contest is open to amateur, professional and student developers, who will use data provided by the city and several partners to develop the apps. Members of the public can also get involved by sharing their ideas for apps on the challenge website and by judging entries in the popular choice categories.
Engaging the community
“The AT&T San Diego Apps Challenge is a fun way to engage our community in an effort that will put useful information at people’s fingertips,” Sanders said. “It fits right in with San Diego’s entrepreneurial, innovative spirit, and we know our tech-savvy population will make it a huge success.”
Challenge participants will have access to data from the city of San Diego, SDG&E, Metropolitan Transit System, SanGIS and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Apps for the challenge must use at least one data set from the city and partner sources but may also incorporate data from other sources.
Categories for the prizes include:
- AT&T Best Overall App – Grand Prize: $15,000
- Best Overall App – Second Prize: $5,000
- Best Overall App – Honorable Mention (3 awarded): $2,000
- SDG&E Best Energy App – $5,000
- City of San Diego Government Innovation App - $5,000
- Popular Choice Award - Grand Prize: $10,000
- Popular Choice Award – Second Prize: $2,500
- Best Student-Created App (Undergraduate) – $2,000
- Best Student-Created App (High School) – $2,000
- Large Organization (50 or more) Recognition Award – Recognition
- City Employee and Partner Talent Award – Recognition
Winners in the competition will be selected by a panel of judges recruited from the technology and venture capital industries, as well as partner institutions. The public will select the two “Popular Choice” winners.
This challenge shows San Diego’s leaders
are committed continuing to foster
a healthy ecosystem for entrepreneurs.
The various awards in the AT&T San Diego Apps Challenge will be judged on several criteria, including:
- Quality of the idea, which includes the app concept’s creativity and originality
- Implementation of the idea, or how well the user experience and design was executed
- Potential impact on city services and quality of life for San Diego residents, businesses and visitors
The SDG&E Best Energy App award will also consider the apps’ potential impact on energy conservation, as well as positive impact on use of electric vehicles and clean energy-generation technologies.
The City of San Diego Government Innovation App award recognizes the app with the greatest impact on public engagement with city government, citizen participation and access to city services, as well as impact on city government’s ability to provide better services and coordinate with other local, state and federal agencies to serve citizens.
SDG&E President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Niggli said he hopes the apps developed in the competition will help customers better understand and manage their home energy use, as well as ease the adoption of clean energy technologies.
Submit your idea now
The submission period for the apps challenge starts today, with a deadline for submissions on April 11. The public voting and judging will take place between April 25 and end May 23, with winners announced in mid-June.
For more information on the AT&T San Diego Apps Challenge, visit www.sdappschallenge.com. Follow @SDAPPS on Twitter for competition updates.