The City of Ottawa announced the winners in its Apps4Ottawa contest tonight. Winners were announced in the following categories:
- On The Move: Larry Dunkelman for BusBuddy Ottawa
- Having Fun: Jean Grandbois for Ottawa Recreation Search
- Your City: Jean-François Bibeau for Ottawa Garbage Schedule
- Data Analysis and Visualization: David Rust-Smith for Ottawa’s Heart
- Windows 8 Award: David Rust-Smith for Ottawa’s Heart
Student awards were also given out to Grant Sutcliffe, for his app in the On The Move category O-Transit, and to Ehsan Mohammadi, for his Ottawa Garbage Collecting Schedule app in the Data Analysis and Visualization category.
“Congratulations to all the participants and winners,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “It is uplifting to see engaged developers providing applications that enable residents to connect to City resources, programs and services to better live, work and play in Ottawa.”
Over 80 applications were submitted to the Apps4Ottawa contest in the four categories. Each category had prizes of $3,000 for Gold, $2,000 for Silver, and $1,000 for Bronze, as well as $1,500 each for the Student and People’s Choice awards. Microsoft Canada also presented the Windows 8 Awards with prizes of $1,000 for first place, $500 for second, $350 for third and $150 for fourth. The Windows 8 Awards were based on public voting.
“The quality of the applications we have seen is impressive,” said Councillor Tim Tierney, Chair of the IT Subcommittee. “We will continue to work with the community and staff to expand this initiative so more data sets and applications are available to residents and visitors of Ottawa.”
The City of Ottawa’s OpenData contains over 75 data sets.
For more information on the Apps4Ottawa contest visit apps4ottawa.ca.