World Bank Application Development Challenge

We now know that even the world bank has taken the plunge  - we are talking about the plunge into the usefulness and efficiency of application development in creating awareness for projects.

In this case, the World Bank has a new challenge for you - Creating innovative software applications that will move the world a step closer to solving the most pressing problems on this planet.

Titled 'The Apps for Development Competition', its an activity that will bring the software development communities and the development practitioners together to make visionary applications that will use the recently launched free-to-use World Bank Data.


World Bank recently launched its Open Data Initiative, which gives anyone free access to an array of data sets, including World Development Indicators, Africa Development Indicators and Millenium Development Goal Indicators. Oh...and all this access is for free, in case you didn't see that earlier :)

'The Competition challenges participants to develop software applications related to one or more of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Submissions may be any kind of software application, be it for the web, a personal computer, a mobile handheld device, console, SMS, or any software platform broadly available to the public. The only other requirement is that the proposed application use one or more datasets from the World Bank Data Catalog available at

Applications submitted to the Competition should address at least one of the following objectives:

  1. Raise awareness of at least one of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), or
  2. Contribute to progress toward meeting one of the MDGs by 2015.

Applications which best satisfy the competition criteria will receive cash prizes and the opportunity to have their apps featured on the World Bank Open Data website. Competition participants are encouraged to also use other relevant indicators and datasets, and to be creative in exploring approaches for realizing the goals.

About the Millennium Development Goals

The MDGs represent a collective ambition for our world.  Simply put, the MDGs express a vision of a world in which extreme poverty and hunger have been eliminated, and the economic and human welfare of poor people worldwide has been tangibly improved. The MDGs articulate specific targets to be reached by 2015 related to poverty and hunger, universal education, child health and other crucial dimensions.' - culled from Apps for Development Site


This is a golden opportunity to do the world some good. A forum has even been started to share ideas and brainstorm some more on what is feasible with all that data - visit it here at ideascale

If you don't have any, you are allowed to use an idea from that forum. You are also allowed to add yours, or vote the ones available up or down - Its a win-win situation!

To view and register to join the competition, click the image below

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