The Commerce Department is looking for ways to use public data and technology to help businesses identify opportunities, grow, enhance productivity and create jobs.
The department launched a contest Wednesday, challenging developers to create applications to help businesses evaluate national and international opportunity, fund business activities and support training.
“In an increasingly mobile world, the goal of this challenge is to help create jobs by better supporting the business community with tools that strengthen their competitiveness in a global economy,” Commerce Secretary John Bryson said.
Developers can submit applications on their platform of choice.
The first place winner will get $5,000, second place will win $3,000 and third place will win $2,000.
A panel of government and industry officials will evaluate entries. The panel includes:
- Steven Van Roekel, federal chief information officer
- Vivek Kundra, executive vice president of emerging markets for Salesforce.com
- Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media
- Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook chief operating officer
- Vint Cerf, chief Internet evangelist for Google
Submissions will be accepted through April 30 and winners will be announced in late May.