A competition that will award cash prizes to soldiers and Army civilians who create mobile and web applications that could be valuable to the Army has sparked the development of 53 applications in only 75 days, the Army announced Monday ahead of this week’s Gov 2.0 Expo. Apps for the Army is the Army’s first application development challenge, and one of the first done by the federal government. Recently, as part of the Open Government Directive, the Obama administration encouraged agencies to involve the public in challenges and contests to develop content and ideas for government and provided guidance for running these challenges. InformationWeek reports that, in all, 141 soldiers and Army civilians registered in teams or as individuals to participate in the competition.
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