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Victorian Government Premier John Brumby has launched the world's biggest apps competition App My State and encouraged entries from everyone in Victoria.
Mr Brumby said the App My State competition would encourage Victorians to create new and innovative ways to use government information and provide services to help other Victorians.
"The contest is open to all Victorian residents and offers a share in the $100,000 in prizes for individuals or teams to build the best new applications for Victorians," Mr Brumby said.
"Today we are also releasing over 90 Victorian Government datasets to encourage new applications to be created."
The datasets are available from the Victorian Government Data Directory.
The grand prize winner will receive $35,000 in cash prizes which is the largest prize pool awarded in this type of competition in the world. The judges will also award a second place prize of $15,000 and a third place of $10,000.
Competitors under the age of 26 are also eligible to win $15,000 in prizes, with the top prize awarded $5,000 in cash and a $5,000 hi-tech pack featuring a Cisco Flip Video camcorder, Apple MacBook Pro, PlayStation 3, Apple iPhone 16GB and the second prize awarded a hi-tech pack.
There is also a $10,000 Popular Choice prize, which rewards the most popular applications as voted on by the Victorian public - all entries are eligible.
Extra prizes would also be awarded to entrants who suggest innovative ideas for new applications.
There is also a special $10,000 sustainability category for apps that look at ways to encourage Victorians to be more environmental sustainability in the home, business or community.
Entries close at noon on Friday 23 April 2010. For more information and to read the full rules of the competition please visit App My State.
Last updated: 21 June 2010
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