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Sunday, 18 December 2011

Apps for Climate: A competition brought to you by the World Bank



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The World Bank has released new data and tools on climate change as the latest additions to its Open Data Initiative. 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 apps using World Bank data.

Apps for Climate

The World Bank has released new data and tools on climate change as the latest additions to its Open Data Initiative.
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 apps using World Bank data.
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Competition Objectives

This competition challenges participants to develop software applications related to climate change. The applications should serve to raise awareness, measure progress, or to help in some other way to address the development challenges of climate change. Submissions may be any kind of 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. The only other requirement is that the proposed application use one or more datasets from the World Bank Data Catalog available at data.worldbank.org or the Climate Change Knowledge Portal at climateknowledgeportal.worldbank.org.
Applications which best satisfy the competition criteria will receive cash prizes and the opportunity to have their apps featured on the World Bank Open Data website. Competition participants are encouraged to also use other relevant indicators and datasets, and to be creative in exploring approaches for addressing climate change problems.

About Climate Change and Development

Climate change is expected to hit developing countries the hardest. Its effects (higher temperatures, changes in precipitation patterns, rising sea levels, and more frequent weather-related disasters) pose risks for agriculture, food, and water supplies. At stake are recent gains in the fight against poverty, hunger and disease, and the lives and livelihoods of billions of people in developing countries.
Tackling this immense challenge must involve both mitigation (to avoid the unmanageable) and adaptation (to manage the unavoidable), all while maintaining a focus on its social dimensions.

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