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The Health 2.0 Developer Challenge

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the Health 2.0 Developer Challenge 2010 logoThe Health 2.0 Developer Challenge launched last week, and I've been embarrassingly remiss at mentioning it. Hopefully, many of you are already in the loop and excited about the project. Let me take a second and fill the rest of you in.

There are a lot of app contests and hackathons and dev challenges around these days. But I think this is one worth getting excited about, for three reasons.

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The Design for America Winners

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howlawsmadeWIRTH2.jpg (2450×1207)The Design for America contest led to the most compelling, interesting visualizations of any of our contests. With about 72 entries, the design community stepped up and showed amazing ways for us to view government and imagine new ways for government to serve citizens.

Read about all the winners after the jump.

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More Design for America Judges

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I'm happy to announce three new judges for Design for America. Some great people have come out in support of the contest, and we're happy to have them join the program.

The first one is Kevin Hale From Wufoo. Wufoo is a great company that helps make it easy and cheap to build forms for the web. They are real pioneers in the space of form design, and we're really happy to have Kevin help judge the "Best Design of a Government Form" category.

One of our favorite tools for visualization is ManyEyes from IBM's Visual Communications Lab. Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg led this project at IBM and are now in the midst of starting their own firm: Flowing Media. We're happy to have them on board judging the visualization of House/Senate rule proceedings.

We still have many more judges to announce. Stay tuned!

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The Visualization Prize Goes To

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With Apps for America 2 we wanted to give a special prize to the best visualization. Part of the reson why is because we think that building up the art community inside of Sunlight Labs is a priority and just as important to our mission as the development community. The other reason is because the only way to make big data accessible to people is often by presenting simple, easy to understand visualizations.

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Digital Democracy Contest

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Today we launch the Digital Democracy Contest -- a free web-based game for high school social studies classes. Students compete in teams to investigate Congress using OpenSecrets.org and OpenCongress.org.

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Our Fifth Judge

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I'm happy to announce our fifth and final judge in Apps for America 2 the Data.gov Challenge: Cyrus Krohn. Cyrus the Director of Local Programming at Microsoft and former Director of the Republican National Committee's e-Campaign Division during the 2008 election cycle. He was Slate magazine's first employee and launched the groundbreaking webzine in 1996. He brings a unique perspective of having both worked in politics, and worked with local data. We're happy to have him participating as the fifth and final judge.

So, there you have it-- you can follow all the judges on twitter, too:

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