I recently received an email from a gentleman named Rod Deacon (Public Affairs Bureau in Victoria B.C.) with some information regarding the Apps 4 Climate Action initiative. I wanted to share some of his “public” information with you to give it added visibility.
In addition to creating a social media component to enhance its online communications unit at its public affairs HQ, and a citizen engagement unit within something called the Future of Work initiative in the provincial public service, the BC government is partnering with a couple of green businesses and the software development and data communities to run a contest called Apps 4 Climate Action.
This 3-month contest is open to all software developers. The basic premise is that the B.C government will be sharing some of its data (compiled into an easy-to-use catalog of 500 climate change and greenhouse gas emission data sets ) with others interested in putting it to practical use. Developers are asked to submit innovative and fun web and mobile apps aimed at helping to raise awareness of climate change as a social and environment issue. This is modeled on the very successful Apps for Democracy and Apps for America initiatives in the U.S.
Cash and prizes have been put up by 8 contest sponsors. Submission deadline is July 15, 2010. You can follow contest developments here:
- Apps for Climate Action Contest Website
- Apps for Climate Action Twitter Profile
- Apps for Climate Action Twitter Hashtag
- Apps for Climate Action Facebook Page
Initiatives like this are helping to pioneer government 2.0 adoption principles in Canada. Therefore I ask you to do all you can in helping to spread the word.