Charity App Challenge launches in Calgary

A Charity App Challenge next week will see teams compete to build mobile solutions for this year’s Calgary Herald Christmas Fund Charities.

A joint initiative with the Calgary Herald, Digital Alberta and, Calgary’s technology and non-profit will come together Feb. 1st thru 3rd for what organizers promise will be “a raucous hack-a- thon challenge.” The teams will compete for the chance to win a $30,000 contract, working for 48 hours to build their apps.

“The Calgary Herald is thrilled that the development community in Calgary has agreed to provide their valuable time and expertise for the first Charity App Challenge (CAC). The CAC will provide a weekend of fun and amazing work that will ultimately produce a mobile app that our Herald Christmas fund charities can use to make even more of a difference for their clients and partners,” said Herald publisher Guy Huntingford in a statement.

Teams will have 48 hours to design an app for a selected charity.

Interested parties can visit the CAC’s web site to learn more about the projects and even vote for their favourite.

“We understand that 48 hours is not a long time, but that’s part of the hack-a-thon challenge and fun,” said Digital Alberta president Michelle Sklar. “Furthermore, it is understood that the app created at the challenge will need refining before being released. Part of the contract conditions for the winning team will be details that outline their completion and support obligations.”

Source | Charity App Challenge

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