The District has been getting major kudos for its IT projects and which are well-deserved. DC's data catalog, for instance, has tons of open data feeds (more than its share about crime, alas), and provides real-time data from multiple agencies. The District puts it online to act as a catalyst to encourage agencies to operate more responsively and timely.
Vivek Kundra, Washington, D.C.'s chief technology officer, launched a contest (with substantial financial prizes!) titled Apps for Democracy. DC is looking for useful Web applications using the District government's data catalog. The winning designers who create the best widgets, Google Maps mash-ups, iPhone apps, Facebook apps, and other digital utilities will split $20,000 in $2,000 to $100 allotments.
If interested, you'll have to work fast. The deadline for submissions is tomorrow (Wednesday November 12th). Here is the submission guide.
A quick review of the apps already submitted shows that many have to do with crime. Yikes! Things are getting better here in our nation's capital in this regard. Seriously.
And full disclosure. I've been asked to be a judge.