EdinburghApps contest aims to improve lives of citizens

Challenges have been set for this year’s EdinburghApps contest, which aims to find innovative solutions to help improve the lives of people in Edinburgh. The themes for the competition are health, culture and sport. 

This is the second year City of Edinburgh Council has run EdinburghApps, a ‘civic challenge’ where entrants work with Council and partner data to create new ideas to benefit the public.

Developers, designers, start-up companies and other interested individuals are encouraged to come up with proposals to deliver digital services like mobile apps, websites or product concepts to enhance life in the capital.

On September 5, entrants met one another and heard more about the challenges and data on offer, ahead of the EdinburghApps ‘hack day’ on October 4 and the competition final on October 26.

Councillor Alasdair Rankin, the city’s Finance & Resources Convener, said: “

“As last year’s competition demonstrated, the use of Council and partner data can result in some incredibly useful and beneficial solutions for our city, so I’m looking forward to seeing what EdinburghApps 2014 will produce.” 

A number of specific challenges have been set around the two themes. Participants focusing on health will be asked to come up with ideas to either help people who have been supported by Council services to stay safe or to make it easier for individuals with deteriorating conditions like MS and dementia to access advice and information.

Those interested in culture and sport have been challenged with encouraging people to take up physical activity. Competitors can also use data to improve visitor experiences in the city’s museums and galleries, or to promote the capital’s attractions and history.    

Winners of the competition will be given funding to develop their ideas further in partnership with the Council, along with additional business support.

Last year’s EdinburghApps winners include Joint Equipment Store, an app that helps Council lorries operate more efficiently, and Trashman, another app helping the public to locate their nearest recycling bank. These apps are now due for release by the Council in October.

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