Introductory Call for the Disaster Apps Challenge

May 20, 2014

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The National Defense University (NDU) is hosting a conference call Friday, May 23, to spread the word about the Disaster Apps Challenge Competition, which opened yesterday.

This call is open to the public, specifically the people who are interested in learning more and possibly entering the competition. The goals:

  • Introduce the challenge
  • Explain the basis for meeting the challenge
  • Answer your questions

NDU will also be joined by “socialpreneur,” Nelson Jacobsen, CEO, Random Hacks of Kindness and the chief architect and guru who guides and grows Altavoz, the entertainment distribution company he co-founded in 2011.


When: Friday, May 23, 2014; 1:00 – 2:00 PM (Eastern Time); 10-11:00 AM (Pacific Time)

Conference Dial-In Number: 1-209-255-1000

Participant Access Code: 966583#

About the Disaster Apps Challenge

Beginning Wednesday, March 19, 2014, the National Defense University’s Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP) will be launching a Disaster Apps Challenge. From the earthquake in Haiti to the recent typhoon in the Philippines, disaster relief apps have shown great promise when it comes to increasing the efficiency and response time of the humanitarian sector. This contest challenges app developers to find innovative ways to improve and refine existing disaster relief solutions.

The CTNSP Disaster Apps Challenge encourages developers to build upon an open source disaster relief application that is already being used in the field. The challenge is looking for disaster apps that are well built and useful to a broad range of users. The challenge offers developers the opportunity to demonstrate their application’s value to citizens and first responders.

A $3,000 cash award will be given to the winner. Second place will receive $1,500 and third place will receive $500. Winners will receive mentoring and feedback on further development of their applications, along with exposure to experts and organizations across the disaster response field.

The competition launches at 12:00 p.m. EST, submissions will be accepted between March 19, 2014 to July 15, 2014.

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