Calling all civic coders and community activists! The City of Philadelphia invites you to submit your idea for a new Philly311 Mobile App Widget – and then build it! The winning entry will become an official widget on the app.
What’s a Widget?
The Philly311 Mobile App provides the ability to add new features – known as widgets – to the main menu (see screenshot) that point to a web site URL. This allows us to build mobile web apps independently and deliver them through the Philly311 Mobile App to over 13,000 users instantaneously.
Where Do I Come In?
We want to hear your idea for a new widget. And if you’re a software developer, we want you to build it! The winning submission will be officially added to the Philly311 Mobile App, citywide, with you credited as its author.
All submissions will be accepted, but we encourage submissions that address the following topics:
- Community Improvement
- Digital Access (lack of access to computers/internet)
- Public Health
Join 311 Director Rosetta Lue and Chief Innovation Officer Adel Ebeid for the Widget Contest’s Hack Night – Bring your ideas, bring your laptop, and build your widget!
Tuesday, 5/21, 6pm at Devnuts, 908A N 3rd St, Philadelphia PA 19123
Contestants can reply to this posting with their idea and/or their skillset, and work together to build the next Philly311 widget. Not a programmer? No problem – post your idea here or show up at the Hack Night and meet one.
A panel of judges from Philly311, the Office of Innovation and Technology, and PublicStuff will weigh responses according to quality and utility, as well as the following criteria:
- How it connects to Philly311
- How it relates to suggested topics
- Feasibility of hosting and maintenance
- How close the app is to being finished
How to Submit
Submissions will be accepted until Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 at 11:59pm EDT.
To submit, upload your app to a repository at github.com and email email@example.com with a link to it. Be sure to include a readme file that describes your app, how it can be hosted and maintained, and who was involved in working on it.
Questions & Updates
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The timeline for this contest (5/15 – 6/4) includes several events where you can meet other power users and civic coders and work on your project.
- 5/21 Widget Contest Hack Night
- 5/28 Code for Philly
- 6/1 – 6/2 Random Hacks of Kindness
- 6/4 Code for Philly
By participating in the Philly311 Widget Contest (the “Contest”), you unconditionally accept and agree to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of the City, which shall be final and binding in all respects.
The Contest runs from 5/15/2013 through 6/4/2013. Winner will be announced by 6/18/2013 at the location of this posting.
The Contest is open only to legal U.S. residents who are at least eighteen (18) years of age or older at time of entry. City employees and officials, and any firm in which a City employee or official has a direct or indirect financial interest are not eligible to enter or win. Void where prohibited and subject to all federal, state and local laws.
You are required to read and agree to any terms of service, privacy, and security policies on GitHub’s website (github.com) in order to submit an Entry into the Contest.
No Entry may include depictions of individuals who have not expressly authorized you to display their image, likeness, or voice in the Entry or otherwise use such image, likeness, or voice in accordance with these Official Rules.
Your Entry must not depict or incorporate obscenity, lewd or inappropriate images, words, or text; nudity; acts of violence or acts that appear to cause harm or are illegal/dangerous; attacks on any person, organization, or product; illegal activity; or other offensive conduct or material, as determined in the City’s sole discretion. Any Entry that does not satisfy this or any other requirement of the Official Rules will be disqualified from the Contest.
Your Entry must not include any material that violates or infringes another person’s rights, including, but not limited to, privacy, publicity, and intellectual property rights, such as copyright infringement, or include third party trademarks, logos, insignia, location signage, photographs, artwork, or sculpture. In the event of any claim, suit or action by any third party against the City, the City shall promptly notify you in writing and you shall defend such claim, suit or action at your expense, and you shall indemnify the City against any loss, cost, damage, expense or liability arising out of such claim, suit or action (including, without limitation, litigation costs and counsel fees) whether or not such claim, suit or action is successful.
You grant to the City a personal, perpetual, non-exclusive, non-transferable, royalty-free license to publish, broadcast, exploit, assign, license, sublicense, and otherwise use the Entry, in whole or in part, unaltered, altered, alone, or in combination with other materials, worldwide, in any form (including, but not limited to, source code and object code), and in any medium. You represent and covenant that you have full power and authority to grant the rights granted here and elsewhere in the Official Rules, without the consent of any other person or entity, and that such rights are irrevocable.
You represent and warrant nothing contained in the Entry infringes the intellectual property rights of any person or entity. You hereby release and hold harmless the City from and against any and all liability, claims, or actions of any kind whatsoever for injuries, damages, or losses to persons or property that may be sustained in connection with participation in the Contest.
The contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. No purchase or payment of money is necessary to enter or win.
GitHub is neither a sponsor of this Contest nor has any responsibilities regarding its conduct or administration.