Attention App Developers: Help Detroit!

DETROIT — Detroit Mayor Dave Bing is joining the call with Code for America’s Detroit Fellows to invite designers, developers, civic coders and Web professionals to compete in Apps for Detroit to produce apps that will have a real civic impact in Detroit.

“The City of Detroit is proud to support innovative solutions through technology to help address the needs of Detroiters,” Bing said. “We’re glad to join this national effort and we look forward to utilizing the apps created to help address issues affecting our city.”

The city is providing five complete data sets for the contest, free and open to the public. Winning teams will have a chance to meet with Detroit-based business leaders for support in turning their ideas into a business, supporting greater new business development from startups and young entrepreneurs in Detroit. The grand prize includes a trip to San Francisco to represent Detroit’s talent and a chance to receive advice and mentorship from transplanted Michiganders in Silicon Valley.

“With two applications developed by our Code for America Detroit Fellows already in beta testing, it’s an exciting time for the City of Detroit,” said Karla Henderson, Mayor Bing’s group executive for Planning and Facilities, who works with the Detroit Fellows. “This event will help cultivate the relationship between the City and Detroit’s growing tech community.”

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