On December 2nd, 2011 the World Bank Group announced the launch of a new  “Apps for Climate” competition, to discover extraordinary ways to use open climate data. The competition encourages scientists, software developers, development practitioners and others to create applications that use open data to help solve the development problems that climate change poses. It aims to promote innovative use of open climate data – for example, through apps that help understand and manage weather-related disasters, to agriculture, food and water supplies, rising sea levels and other climate related development challenges.

Detailed rules are available on the competition website  but developers should make some use of the World Bank’s data resources on climate change – including data on climate systems, exposure to climate impacts, resilience, greenhouse gas emissions, and energy use - available from a dedicated page. Some of these data are used in the World Bank’s Climate Change Knowledge Portal, which includes visualization tools depicting temperature and rainfall scenarios to the year 2100 and links users to more than 250 climate indicators and to risk profiles for 31 countries.

Cash prizes will be awarded to winning entries. Apps must be submitted by March 16, 2012.

Apps for Climate is the second global apps competition held by the World Bank Group. On April 14, 2011, the winners of the first World Bank apps competition - Apps for Development - were announced, following submission of 107 apps from 36 countries across every continent.

Join the competition. Submit an app using World Bank data, and help get the word out about Apps for Climate.

  1. Competition website
  2. Climate Data Resources
  3. Climate Change Knowledge Portal
  4. Press release

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Are you well connected with scientists, software developers, or development practitioners? Then please help us promote the Apps for Climate competition. Tell as many people as you can about all of the new data and tools on climate change that the World Bank has recently made available. Get your friends and contacts to join the Apps for Climate competition to help create solutions to weather-related disasters, risks for agriculture, food and water supplies, rising sea levels and other climate related challenges.

Please share our video, listing of blogs, and flyer, and check the competition site for more information and resources that we will be adding throughout the competition.

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