www.apps4ottawa.ca/ A screenshot of the Apps4Ottawa open data contest website.

Ottawa City Hall is kicking off its second “Apps4Ottawa” contest, inviting the public to offer civic-minded ideas web developers can turn into mobile applications.

The contest this time around will focus on four categories — “On the Move,” “Having Fun,” “The City,” and a new category, “Data Analysis/Digitalization.”

Beginning on Monday, citizens can offer up their concepts for mobile applications to enhance people’s experience of the nation’s capital. Between March 11 and May 12, developers will be asked to submit apps to turn those concepts into reality.

“What exactly are we looking for? Your ideas and your ingenuity, that will arm our citizens with the tools to better access City of Ottawa services and information,” said Coun. Tim Tierney, chair of the municipality’s IT subcommittee.

Developers will be competing for $38,000 in prize money, with top prize in each category taking home a cool $3,000.

The contest will be judged by a panel made up of councillors, senior bureaucrats, sponsors and a member of the academic committee. There will also be a peoples’ choice award, as well as a student category for each of the four main themes.

Unlike 2010′s competition, this round of Apps4Ottawa will be open to developers nationwide. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in June.

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