‘Design for America’ contest aims to make government data more accessible

Sunlight Labs is holding a civic design contest, Design for America, in an effort to “make government data more accessible and comprehensible to the American public.” Categories are Data Visualization, Process Transparency and Redesigning the Government.

From Sunlight:

This 10 week long design and data visualization extravaganza is focused on connecting the talents of art and design communities throughout the country to the wealth of government data now available through bulk data access and APIs, and to help nurture the field of information visualization.

Top prize is $5,000 for each of these categories:

  • Data Visualization of Sunlight Community Data
  • Visualization of Data from the Federal Budget and/or USASpending.gov
  • Visualization of Recovery.gov Data
  • Visualization of How a Bill Becomes a Law
  • Visualization of Congressional Rules/Floor Procedures
  • Redesign of a Government Form
  • Redesign of a .Gov website

Submissions are due May 17, and winners will be announced May 27 at Gov 2.0 Expo. Sponsors include Adobe, Google, O’Reilly Media, TechWeb, Gov 2.0 Expo and Palantir.

About Luke Fretwell

Luke Fretwell is the founder of GovFresh. He is also co-founder and CEO of ProudCity. Connect with him on Twitter and LinkedIn or email at luke@govfresh.com.

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