Apps for Amsterdam: open data virus spreads to Europe

Winner Apps4Edmonton: DinerInspect assist you in selecting a clean restaurant.

Finally the open data virus spreads to the open minded city of Amsterdam. The city announced Apps for Amsterdam. This an application development contest based on Washington’s Apps for Democracy.

The contest is a popular way to quickly involve many designers and developers an challenge them to create new and fresh ideas for the benefit of the society by using open data. Already back in 2008 the city of Washington D.C. published the winners of Apps for democracy. A golden medal winner is, which shows information (crime rates, demography, public transport, etc.) on the place where you (want to) live in Washington.

Last year two Canadian cities made their copies of the contest with Apps4Ottowa and Apps4Edmonton. Ottowa’s winner will be published on February 15th. Winner in Edmonton is DinerInspect. This application allows users to search for a restaurant and check whether you still want to go there for dinner after seeing the number of violations resulting from inspections.

So now it’s time for the Netherlands to join United States and Canada. On February 16th it is kick off time for Amsterdam’s contest.  Want to join or follow the contest? Check the official website.

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