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Apps For Climate is a competition to discover extraordinary ways to use open data to tackle the challenges of climate change.

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On December 2nd, 2011, the World Bank Group announced Apps For Climate (www.worldbank.org/appsforclimate), a competition to discover extraordinary ways to use open data to address the challenges of climate change. Apps For Climate aims to bring together the best ideas from scientists, application developers, civil society organizations, and development practitioners to create innovative software apps using World Bank climate data. Applications must be received by March 16, 2012; winners will receive cash prizes and featured placement on the World Bank Open Data website. To qualify, apps must use at least one open dataset from the World Bank Data Catalog. For more information, visit: www.worldbank.org/appsforclimate.

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On December 2nd, 2011, the World Bank Group announced Apps For Climate (www.worldbank.org/appsforclimate), a competition to discover extraordinary ways to use open data to address the challenges of climate change. In the coming decades, climate change is expected to hit developing countries especially hard, affecting agriculture, food and water supplies. Modeled after Apps For Development (appsfordevelopment.challengepost.com), the Apps For Climate competition aims to bring together the best ideas from scientists, application developers, civil society organizations, and development practitioners to create innovative software apps using World Bank climate data.

Submissions may be any kind of functioning software application, be it for the web, a personal computer, a mobile handheld device, console, SMS, or any software platform broadly available to the public. They should serve to raise awareness, measure progress, or to help in some other way to address the development challenges of climate change, building on one or more datasets in the World Bank’s Data Catalog (data.worldbank.org/data-catalog) or the Climate Change Knowledge Portal (climateknowledgeportal.worldbank.org). Use of other open data sets is highly encouraged also.

Applications must be received by March 16, 2012. Those that best satisfy the competition criteria will receive cash prizes—first prize is $15,000—and featured placement on the World Bank Open Data website.

For more information visit: www.worldbank.org/appsforclimate.

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“Solving the problem of climate changes requires that our behavior changes. Whether this happens depends on our understanding, which in turn depends on our knowledge of facts and their implications. Access to freely available climate and climate-related data is essential to catalyze the changes in policies, investments, and technologies that will be needed if we are to move towards a climate-smart future.”

--Andrew Steer, World Bank Special Envoy for Climate Change

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