Sunlight Labs’ inaugural Apps for America coding contest has reached a successful conclusion with the annoucement of the winners.
Of the more than 40 entries, 16 received prizes — ranging from a US$15K first-place prize to ten honourable mentions worth US$100 each.
No word on when, but the Sunlight Foundation plans to hold more contests like these in the future:
This was a great start. For those of you who won, congratulations. For those of you who didn’t– thank you for participating. The good news is, you’ll have another shot at this soon as this will not be the last of Apps for America. Thanks to all who participated, and we hope you continue to build and support products to open up our government!
So who was the winner? Filibusted, a site aimed at tracking senators who use the filibuster to prevent measures before the US Senate from being voted upon. Full listings of the winning apps are in Sunlight Labs’ announcement.
For an alternate view on which apps were the best, check out the reader poll set up by Wired’s Epicenter blog. Wired’s readers had a very different view than Sunlight Labs’ panel of judges.
And what about similar initiatives in Canada? I had noticed back in January that local NGO Visible Government had mentioned that they were hoping to host a mashup challenge. Just did a quick check for updates — all I could find is that they are working on a grants program to fund online transparency coding projects developed by civic-minded coders. It looks like it could have a contest model. No word on timing though.