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Every Edmontonian can be an active participant in reshaping our city. Together with community partners the City of Edmonton is proud to launch Apps4Edmonton - a contest which encourages residents to develop applications that will benefit Edmontonians.

What we're looking for

Using data sets from the Edmonton Open Data Catalogue, we're challenging you to develop an app for either a smart phone, mobile device, or PC web browser. Mash up a map, create a visualization, or analyze data in a new way, the choice is yours. Inspiring innovation is important to us so we've decided to offer some great prizes. We have more than $50,000 in different prize money along with a chance to demo your app at the upcoming GTEC conference, Canada's Government Technology event, in Ottawa. For more information, and a breakdown of the contest categories please visit Prizes.

Diner Inspect wins in Apps4Edmonton contest

Wednesday, September 09, 2010

Checking out a restaurant in Edmonton has become easier thanks to DinerInspect, a winning app in the City of Edmonton’s Apps4Edmonton contest.

DinerInspect displays Edmonton restaurant inspections on a website. Users can search for restaurant inspections by location.

DinerInspect is one of 32 data applications (apps) and 86 app ideas generated by the Apps4Edmonton contest.

“This was a great opportunity to celebrate the creativity and talent of local developers and innovative Edmontonians who contributed to Apps4Edmonton,” said Chris Moore, the City of Edmonton’s Chief Information Officer.

Best overall winners were:
Gold - DinerInspect (Mitch Ronquillo)
Silver - Statistics Edmonton (Eugene Chen)
Bronze - TXT.2.ETS (Sean Healy and Joel Jackson)

StatisticsEdmonton.com gives citizens easy access to valuable information about Edmonton that can be easily shared with others.

TXT.2.ETS allows transit users to text a bus stop number. The application sends back the next few buses that will arrive and when. There’s also a twitter interface that functions the same way; tweeting a stop to @etsinfo provide an @reply with the busses about to arrive.

Judges selected the winners based on:

Category winners:
The Way We Live – Alertzy (Ben Zittallau)
Move - TXY.2.ETS – (Sean Healy and Joel Jackson)
Prosper - YEG Live – Chris Martyniuk)
Plan - Statistics Edmonton (Eugene Chen)
Green - Find-a-depot (Stephen Kiers)

In early July, the City launched Apps4Edmonton to encourage residents to develop new municipal applications for smart phones, mobile devices and PC web browsers that will benefit Edmontonians.

Accessible and transparent information has increasingly become a priority for both governments and citizens. All over the world people have been demanding increased access to government information. New technology has made these requests a possibility.

For more information
Contact Ashley Casovan (780) 994-6422
Strategic Coordinator, Information Technology
City of Edmonton

Fringe App Available!

Wednesday, August 08, 2010

Apps4Edmonton and the Edmonton International Fringe Festival have chosen a winner for the Fringe portion of the Apps4Edmonton contest. Gregg Coppen has won with his entry of both a website and an iPhone application to help people find their way around the festival, and to discover and discuss performances. The app is now available for download in the iTunes store under the name Edmonton FringeFest, and is a fantastic app to help you discover artists and venues. Thank you to everyone who entered applications for the Fringe and congratulations to Gregg! See you all at the Fringe!

Edmonton International Fringe Festival Partners With Apps4Edmonton

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

The City of Edmonton and the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival announce a unique partnership with the Apps for Edmonton contest, The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival – Special Distinction Award. The partnership allows developers access to select data sets associated with North America’s largest and longest running fringe theatre festival.
In the spirit of fringe theatre, it is the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival’s hope that developers will use the information provided in creative and unique ways that speak to their audience and customers, just as fringe artists use the Festival as a platform for innovative, revealing theatre.
Apps that use Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival data sets may qualify in any of the six categories inspired by the City’s Transforming Edmonton series of strategic plans, as well as the “Best Of” Gold, Silver and Bronze awards. The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival – Special Distinction Award will be awarded to the entry that:

The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival – Special Distinction Award includes: The 29th Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival runs August 12 – 22, 2010: eleven days of revealing theatre featuring more than 180 productions and 1,500 performances in 42 venues throughout Old Strathcona and beyond.
For more information on the Apps for Edmonton Contest and the Open Data Catalogue, visit www.apps4edmonton.ca. For more information on the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, visit www.fringetheatre.ca.