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City wants to know your app ideas


Last updated 1/14/2013 at 4:35pm

Steel City Codefest, a civic software application (app) development competition designed t o grow the city’s innovation and technology community through the creation of technology infrastructure to benefit citizens, is being held February 23 and 24.

The first-of-its-kind event in the region will challenge developers to turn government data into an application that benefits Pittsburgh residents, visitors or businesses. Codefest participants will be given access to city, county, state and federal datasets prior to the event and teams of one to six people will have 24 hours to create software applications.  The Pittsburgh Neighborhood and Community Information System, which is a program of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR) will be assisting with data collection.

In addition to PowerUp Pittsburgh and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, many other great partners are involved, including Pitt’s UCSUR, Google, Bakery Square, MAYA, and CMU’s Traffic 21. 

Several winning teams will be chosen by judges using the following criteria: Civic Engagement - meets a clear community need; Technical Sophistication - overcomes interesting technical challenges; User Interface Design - presents an effective interface that facilitates the user experience; and Artistic Merit.

Great “app ideas” are needed to share with the 100 registrants who will be given access to raw data from government agencies. Share ideas either through the Codefest Idea Forum at, and view what other people are already suggesting, or by emailing Chuck Half, City Innovation & Performance manager – PittMAPS, Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, directly at 


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