This month I helped judge something kind of cool — the Evergreen Apps Challenge. App developers from Seattle and around the state submitted creations that use local government data to try to make it easier to be a local.
Last night, we announced which apps took home a total of $75,000 in prizes.
The Living Voters Guide, a collaboration between Seattle City Club and the University of Washington, clinched the top award – $20,000 – plus the best state app prize. The app lets voters break down local ballot measures into helpful pros and cons, making it easier for everyone to figure out where they stand. (Full disclosure: I used to serve on the board of the nonpartisan Seattle City Club.)
WhichBus, an app that uses local transportation data to help riders plan their routes, won second place, plus the people’s choice award and the multi-jurisdictional prize.
The City of Seattle, along with King County and the state of Washington’s broadband office partnered to make the challenge happen. Awards were handed out last night at Seattle City Hall. Dow Constantine, Mayor Mike McGinn, and Gov. Chris Gregoire – via recorded video – delivered remarks at the ceremony, touting our region’s tech prowess – particularly in government.