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FCC Pays $100K To Open Source Apps Challenge Winner

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the uncle-sam-wants-his-own-app-store dept.

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coondoggie writes "The challenge: develop useful, localized open source apps that make local public information more personalized and usable. With that idea as the backdrop, the Federal Communications Commission and the Knight Foundation today awarded Code for America developer Ryan Resella the $30,000 Apps for Communities Challenge grand prize. Resella won for his YAKB.us app, a real time bus notification system for bus riders without a smartphone. Rasella developed an app that uses voice and SMS to deliver arrival times in English and Spanish."

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15 comments

100k to the Winners? (0)

ohnocitizen (1951674) | more than 2 years ago | (#38404846)

We now know what a difference an s makes. $70k.

Re:100k to the Winners? (1, Troll)

jhoegl (638955) | more than 2 years ago | (#38404954)

Typos on the internet...
They are going to happen, and you are going to get trolled.

Re:100k to the Winners? (1)

ohnocitizen (1951674) | more than 2 years ago | (#38411150)

The best part of my comment is looking back over all the typos I've made. I must have been drunk on hypocrite whiskey when I made that comment.

Damn, they didn't like mine :( (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38404934)

It was an android app for women's health issues. Specifically, how to shave or wax your pussy. The best part is that you could automatically upload before/after pics and share with your friends. Maybe women don't use android?

Certainly more useful than this bus thing.

Re:Damn, they didn't like mine :( (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38405626)

I hope that's a joke, but it does give me a cool idea. You know those apps that take a picture and show you as fatty?(no idea what they do with Cowboy Neal.) Ok, Now consider that most women in the 18-30 demographic have bald pussies and android phones. How about an app where you take a shot of your bald beaver and show it with various trim -- the hitler, squirrel tail, landing strip, 90s, 80s, 70s, greek (looks like a 70s black-and-proud afro for everyone that hasn't had the misfortune of finding out first hand).

And of course, you can tweet it and post it to flickr and share with your friends :)

Re:Damn, they didn't like mine :( (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38405830)

Just one question, does the developer retain copyright to all images produced by this app?

Re:Damn, they didn't like mine :( (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38405940)

The only women who use Android are dykes. You know, lesbos. I'm guessing you're a muff diver too since you want to see that kind of thing. If you were a man you'd want to see monster cocks instead.

Low tech (4, Interesting)

starfishsystems (834319) | more than 2 years ago | (#38405294)

It's fine to play around on the bleeding edge, but here's a message about relevance:

When low tech works, use it.

Re:Low tech (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38405964)

> It's fine to play around on the bleeding edge, but...

I think this was supposed to go in the "Damn, they didn't like mine" thread.

Not really original (5, Insightful)

snsh (968808) | more than 2 years ago | (#38406010)

I saw the exact same thing proposed at a recent CityCamp event. And it didn't win any prize.

The next-bus problem has been beaten to death. Smartphone and dumbphone solutions to the problem are everywhere. What's missing is the infrastructure in local transit systems needed to publish the real time data. Twenty-five year olds often don't realize that the lack of publicly available data is what is holding up next-bus apps from coming to their neighborhood, so they end up reinventing the wheel developing yet another next-bus app.

Re:Not really original (3, Insightful)

stephanruby (542433) | more than 2 years ago | (#38406676)

It's not the idea that's important, it's the execution that matters.

For proof of this, just take a look at any public transportation app in the Market/App store for your area. In my area, there are many apps [bart.gov] that deal with the BART transportation system for instance, and yet if you read the user reviews of those same apps in their respective app stores/market, none of the users believe that any of those apps are equivalent in terms of functionality/usability.

And if your area doesn't publish reliable next-bus information publicly, then any extra work you do crowdsourcing/collecting the data, correcting/massaging the data, and updating it at different intervals, will help you differentiate the quality of your app vs. the quality of the app of your competitors.

KR and FCC Wanted (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38406870)

username and password but failed to get them.

Hardy har har.

What's the news value here (1)

dutchwhizzman (817898) | more than 2 years ago | (#38407260)

That the FCC actually gave somebody money?

FCC Good? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38407300)

Is it just me, or has the FCC been doing way more good than Congress has done in years? Net neutrality, blocking ATT, giving money for Open Source...

Knight Foundation? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38413706)

Seriously, there is an altruistic foundation with the same name as the one from KnightRider?

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