Citizen-App Challenge

If government data were openly available, what web or mobile application would you want built? The Stratford Institute for Digital Media invites Canadians to participate in the Citizen-App Challenge.

Join the Citizen-App Challenge and post your ideas today at http://brainmaven.com.
For more information check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5H4jHQfPzok

Having just released the first-ever comparative evaluation of open government as well as provincial and territorial egovernment initiatives, the Stratford Institute for Digital Media turns to Canadian citizens to participate in the Citizen-App Challenge by proposing “Citizen-Apps” – applications (web or mobile) that draw on government data to provide new and useful services to citizens.

The launch of the national Citizen-App Challenge on Wednesday April 25th coincides with the CDMN Canada 3.0 2012 digital media forum, where the focus is on moving Canada to an overall leadership role in digital media; Open Government is one area of particular interest.

“A defining feature in becoming a digital nation is and must be the proactive use of new communications media coupled with the advancement of Open Government initiatives to empower the relationship between government and citizens,” said Ian E. Wilson, Executive Director of The Stratford Institute. “Having completed our objective evaluation of governments’ provision of services and data online, we are now opening up the conversation and asking the public to help us envision what sorts of online applications could be possible if we had a truly open government.”

The Stratford Institute invites anyone, from interested citizens to experienced app developers, to visit www.brainmaven.com and share their ideas for Citizen-Apps.

About the Stratford Institute for Digital Media – www.stratfordinstitute.ca Established through a partnership of the University of Waterloo, the City of Stratford, Open Text Corporation, and the Canadian Digital Media Network, The Stratford Institute conducts research, encourages debate, organizes consultations, and otherwise encourages initiatives at the local, regional, national, and international levels. It serves as a place of assembly, open discussion, and continuing conversation – digital and otherwise – related to Canada’s prospects as a digital nation.

About Brainmaven – www.brainmaven.com
Brainmaven is revolutionizing how people collaborate to generate solutions. Brainmaven helps companies, governments and other organizations engage the creativity of their ecosystems through the use of its Brainmaven Research and Innovation Network.TM

About CDMN Canada 3.0 2012
CDMN Canada 3.0 2012 is a forum organized by the Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN)www.cdmn.ca focused on advancing Canada’s strength in digital media. CDMN encourages job creation and increases global competitiveness by linking Canada’s leading digital media centres with industry, government and academia.