about 6 years ago

A Global Challenge, A Global Response

(This piece is cross-posted from the World Bank's original post here.)

We opened our data

When we opened our data at the World Bank last April, we were excited by the possibility of users coming up with applications and uses of development data that we would have never come up with ourselves. What we did not expect, however, was the scale of response, creativity, and energy from the software development community, researchers, and other user groups from so many parts of the world.

We challenged developers

The Apps for Development competition challenged developers globally to apply their creativity, talents,…

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over 6 years ago

International Open Data Hack Day: What Are You Looking For?

Cross-posted from blogs.worldbank.org.

As December 4th approaches, I’m getting excited for the International Open Data Hackathon and even more excited to see World Bank challenges and data featured in an event that will span 50 cities (and counting ) over 6 continents.  It’s thrilling to consider what hackers and users working together might mash-up and what role we (as data providers) can play in giving people access to clean and interoperable data sets for their using. Let a thousand flowers bloom.

Having recently traveled in India and after meeting development folks of various stripes from economists in Delhi to…

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over 6 years ago

International Open Data Hackathon

We want to alert everyone that the International Open Data Hackathon is taking place on Saturday, December 4th.  Software developers interested in engaging with open datasets are already planning to meet in more than 50 cities.  Please have a look at the website and consider organizing an event in your city.  You could collaborate on an app for the Apps for Development Competition.  Let us know if you need more information and we can put you in direct contact with the organizers.


over 6 years ago

Apps for Development 3-Week Update

We are three weeks in to Apps for Development and wanted to update you. Over 940 people have registered their support for the competition from across the globe, including Honduras, Indonesia, Japan, Nigeria and Egypt. You don't have to be a software developer to show your interest in the competition, subscribe to updates, and spread the word.

But for those interested in entering the competition, we encourage you to check out the Resources page on the website, where you'll find links to World Bank Data and their sources, Information about the Millennium Development Goals, a forum where people can share…

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over 6 years ago

World Bank Opens First Global “Apps for Development” Competition

Software Developers to Design Tools to Fight Poverty Using Open Data

WASHINGTON, October 7, 2010 – The World Bank Group today kicked off the “Apps for Development” competition, the first global contest of its kind.  President Robert B. Zoellick challenged software developers and international experts around the world to enter the contest.  Entries must be filed by January 10, 2011.

Help change the world by using the World Bank’s data collection to help find solutions to today’s development challenges.” said Zoellick. “Create applications to analyze and tackle the world’s long-standing problems.” 

The competition challenges developers to create…

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