The deadline for you to submit your Apps for the Environment is Friday, September 16, but EPA’s data specialists are available all week to help guide your app from idea to completion!
Throughout the competition, we’ve been watching people across the country share their ideas for mobile applications that use EPA environmental data to help communities; we’ve participated in code-a-thons to bring developers together to make these ideas a reality, and engaged each day online to help put the pieces together. Now, with the deadline rapidly approaching, we encourage you to reach out and let the community know what you need so you can go that final yard and join the challenge.
As @JamesGRobertson tweeted this weekend, “Ecstatic that I finally jumped a hurdle for my #greenapps submission. Still a lot of work to do, but so much closer now.” Keep it up James!
Just this weekend our own Bill Glenn, Chief of Environmental Information for EPA Region 9, joined the Cleanweb Hack-a-thon in San Francisco – where developers, designers, and business specialists completed 14 environmental and energy conservation apps. Please submit those apps to the challenge! We were happy to be on hand to help developers explore EPA data, and if online rumors are true that the event may become a monthly meet-up, then we’ll be glad to continue our support for this exciting new community.
On the other side of the country Monday night a DC Tech Meet-up in Washington, D.C. brought together almost 1000 techies, developers and innovators to discuss Mobile Technology. Our own Ethan McMahon was on hand to talk with attendees about green apps, and encourage developers to get their final submissions in for the challenge – even if it’s something they have already developed.
If you’re stuck on an obstacle, or just have a question on how to put the final touches on your idea, now is the time to leave a comment on this post or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-566-0359 so we can get you the answer you need, or tap into the diverse community of innovators you’ve helped us organize this summer. We’re in this together, and together we can help people around the country with a combination of your products and our data services. And remember, whether you submitted the app for another challenge or not, you can still submit it to Apps for the Environment as well –a free version of the app must be provided for the public for one year, but the app stays yours to build into a sustainable product.
Good luck, and as always you can reach out on Twitter as well using the #GreenApps hashtag!
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