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CEA Launches Apps Contest

10/07/2009 10:51:32 AM Eastern

Arlington, Va. - The Consumer Electronics
Association (CEA) today launched a contest meant to encourage developers to
build apps that demonstrate how innovation and entrepreneurship are making an
economic impact in the United States.

The grand-prize winner of the Innovation
Movement "Apps for Innovation" contest will receive $10,000 and a free trip to
the 2010 International CES, held Jan. 7-10 in Las Vegas.

CEA also said it had opened an online
portal for submissions of software applications for judging by a panel of
industry experts.

"Innovation is at the heart of the
global economic recovery," said Gary Shapiro, CEA president and CEO, in a
statement. "We're launching the ‘Apps for Innovation' contest to encourage the
most talented software developers to deploy apps that illuminate how innovation
and entrepreneurial activity are at work across America."

The contest will also accept submissions
from developers that create apps to help consumers advance policy goals that
support innovation. 

As an example, CEA said, an innovative
app might use publicly available Federal Communications Commission broadband
data and Internet mapping tools to show the need for high-speed Internet access
in rural areas. The contest is open to apps for any type of device or any type
of Web platform.

In addition to the grand prize winner,
judges will award a second place of $5,000 and a third place of $3,500. The best
apps will be included in the "Apps for Innovation" library, where apps will be
available for free to the public as a way to help them learn about the
innovation economy.

Judges will include:

Leslie Harris, president and CEO, the
Center for Democracy and Technology

John Zogby, president and CEO, Zogby
International

Michael Masnick, founder and CEO,
Floor64, and editor of the Techdirt blog

Jonah Seiger, founder and managing
partner, Connections Media

Michael Petricone, government affairs
senior VP, CEA

The "Apps for Innovation" contest is now
accepting submissions and will run through Nov. 6. Winners will be announced on
Nov. 10 at the CES New York Press Preview featuring CES Unveiled@NY, held at the
Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City.

 

To review the full rules of the contest
and submit an "App for Innovation," visit http://www.appsforinnovation.com .

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