Today the Province kicked off a contest challenging software developers to create web and mobile applications that build awareness and inspire action to reduce carbon pollution, announced Minister of State for Climate Action John Yap.
"Bringing together British Columbia's data resources and the creativity of the software community opens up the potential for people to see climate change in entirely new ways," said Yap. "The great prizes and support of our sponsors will give us web and mobiles apps that educate people about climate change and help motivate them to reduce their own carbon footprint."
The launch of the "Apps4Climate Action" contest coincides with the creation of the Climate Change Data Catalogue, a data warehouse populated with provincial climate change data. The catalogue will house climate change data sources in a centralized location, giving software developers a one-stop access point to over 500 data sets and supporting documents to brainstorm, design and populate their applications.
"This is a terrific opportunity for us to take a new approach and use new technologies to engage citizens and help increase British Columbians' awareness about climate change," said Citizens' Services Minister Ben Stewart.
The contest has more than $40,000 in cash and prizes spread across five categories: best mobile app, best web app, people's choice, best of B.C. and overall best app.
"SAP is proud to be a gold sponsor of the Apps4Climate action contest," said Kirsten Sutton, managing director of SAP Labs Vancouver. "We believe we have a dual role with sustainability, as exemplar and as enabler. Internally, we have set our own aggressive goals to reduce SAP's carbon footprint, and we also believe that our solutions can help identify real opportunities for positive climate action."
Contest sponsors include: Microsoft Canada Inc, SAP Canada Inc., Analytic Design Group, David Eaves Inc., Netscribe Communications, TELUS Corporation, Harbour Air Ltd. and Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre.
"At Microsoft we're committed to developing technology that helps consumers and businesses reduce their environmental footprints," said Barb Berg, director of the western public sector of Microsoft Canada Inc. "We are delighted to participate in the B.C. government Apps4Climate action contest, a very innovative contest to help encourage developers to create new green software applications and solutions for B.C. citizens."
The submission deadline for the "Apps4Climate Action" contest is July 15, 2010.
The public is encouraged to register to vote for the People's Choice award for their favourite app until Aug. 20, 2010. Contest winners will be announced mid-September 2010.
For a full listing of contest rules and prizes, go to: www.apps4climateaction.gov.bc.ca
To check out the data catalogue, go to: http://data.gov.bc.ca/