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Apps Challenge: Wrapping Up an Exciting Week!

2011 July 29

Main Apps Challenge Website Gets a Makeover

In response to your feedback, we’ve redesigned the Apps challenge homepage. We want to improve your experience and help you find the resources you need to make a winning app! And be sure to check out the Code-a-thon Toolkit and fact sheet!

Sign Up for the Next Developer Webinar to Discuss EPA’s Superfund, hazardous materials and brownfields data

The next webinar for developers about EPA’s datasets is Wednesday, August 3, from 2-2:30 EST. We’ll be talking about EPA’s Superfund and brownfields data, including locational information that can be used with EPA’s Facility Registry System (FRS). Register here!

If you’ve missed any of our weekly webinars, don’t worry! Now you can get recordings and transcripts from all of our past webinars, plus find out what topics we’ll be covering next. It’s all on our new webpage!

Code-a-thon Toolkit Now Available

You can hold a code-a-thon with a group of developers to make prototypes of apps in a half-day or full-day session! Our toolkit describes what you need to do to make a code-a-thon happen. Here’s the Code-a-thon Toolkit.

New App Ideas

Here’s one of the ideas we’ve gotten this week:

“How about an app that shows the various contamination levels on a water body (chesapeake bay). The contamination levels would indicate healthy water which would correlate to the amount of fish and widlife in that region. Fishers and trappers would be able to spot out the more promising regions on a given body of water. An app like this would appeal to a more general public rather than just those concerned with environmental issues.”

GreenApp Developer Community Reaches 1200 Members

Thanks to everyone who subscribed to the Apps for the Environment listserv! Our community now includes people from 14 colleges and universities, 12 federal and state agencies, and 7 countries! Be sure to encourage your friends and colleagues to sign up so they can get the latest news on the challenge! To join the listserv, visit our homepage.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed here are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

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