In December, Microsoft launched the Windows Phone Government Apps Contest for state and local government partners to create and submit apps to be deployed into immediate production.
With the recent launch of the new Windows Phone, this contest provided an excellent opportunity for partners, developers, and hobbyists to showcase their skills by creating a Windows Phone application that meets real world needs of citizens or government customers.
Through this effort, a good mix of apps came about, that facilitates citizen engagement, increase transparency and improve access to government services—all while improving the customer experience for citizens and productivity for government employees.
The final deliberations have been made, and at the 2011 US Public Sector CIO Summit the contest judges announced the winning entries. 50 app entries were accepted, and only 10 were chosen. And yours truly was on that favored list.
Thanks to Microsoft for hosting this competition, and if you are interested in developing for the Windows Phone 7 platform, Microsoft has launched another apps contest for Health and Life Sciences. Click here for more info.