It’s exciting to see increasing interest and activity in the Apps For Climate competition. With less than three weeks left before the March 16th submission deadline and a $15,000 first prize, we wanted to take a minute to publish the latest news.
All six judges have now been confirmed, and we are thrilled to have an absolutely outstanding panel:
Innovations in social media, mobile phones and interactive mapping are powerful tools to mobilize citizens and provide people with a voice. Governments can take advantage of the growing use of mobile technology, Facebook, Twitter, and interactive mapping in order to more deeply engage its citizens.
Last week, about 50 people attended a meeting at the World Bank on ways that climate data and open source tools might be harnessed to address the challenges of climate change and development. The occasion for the meeting was the Apps For Climate competition, currently underway with a submission deadline of March 16th.
Image credit: Pierre Holtz, UNICEF
Globally, girls are less likely to attend school, have secure jobs, or hold public office. But by most measures, they have an advantage in one area: malnutrition.
The Climate Data Meeting yesterday was a big success. About 30 people attended the World Bank event in person, with a fairly equal mix of backgrounds in climate and application development. Another 21+ people attended via the online video conference.
Join us at the World Bank on January 31st for a discussion about using open data to address the challenges of climate change.
Updates to external debt, Doing Business, and more
The World Development Indicators database was updated on December 15, 2011. The update features new external debt data, Doing Business and Enterprise Surveys indicators, immunization and tuberculosis series, and revised national accounts, balance of payments, monetary and government finance indicators, and education statistics. Emissions and energy-related data, including twenty new indicators, have been updated to coincide with the release of The Little Data Book on Climate Change. Most indicators are updated for 2010.