The Knight Foundation and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have teamed up to launch a contest to develop online applications that would tap the power of broadband to help communities and citizens.
The "Apps for Inclusion" Challenge encourages technology innovators to review government and community services and develop tools that will improve lives by making it easier for citizens to receive these services through mobile and online applications.
"We are pleased to embrace a contest that will so clearly demonstrate the power of broadband innovation to benefit individuals and society," said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. "This contest is not just a fun way to reward the creative spirit of American entrepreneurs. It also demonstrates that our National Broadband Plan is a team effort, and puts a critical part of that team -- American inventors -- to work now implementing core goals of the Plan."
A panel of experts will review applications and pick winners. The public will have a vote through several "people's choice awards." The Knight Foundation will commit $100,000 in prize money.