The Federal Communications Commission will announce the winners of the Apps for Communities Challenge on Thursday in Menlo Park, Calif.
The Apps for Communities Challenge seeks to take advantage of the local, public information coming online — on topics from education to health care, child care, government services and jobs – and make it easily accessible to the public.
The Apps for Communities Challenge is part of the FCC’s and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s efforts to foster digital inclusion and promote broadband adoption.
Knight Foundation is offering $100,000 dollars in prizes, with additional prizes awarded to the best apps that reach and engage traditionally underserved communities—people with disabilities, seniors, and those whose first language is not English.
This year’s prizes were reviewed by a judging panel, including: Marc Andreessen, Co-Founder and General Partner of Andreessen Horowitz; Charles Best, Founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org; Brad Feld, Managing Director of Foundry Group; Tom Lee, Director of Sunlight Labs; Jennifer Pahlka, Founder, Executive Director and Board Chair of Code for America; and Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey.