The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced the winners of its first Apps for Communities Challenge, which fosters the development of applications to connect those with limited Internet access to online information.
A total of $100,000 was awarded to 13 different entrants, who submitted applications that offer help to people looking for jobs, connect the homeless with needed services, and advise public transportation riders of the arrival time of the next bus. The awards were announced by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski in December 2011.
The Apps for Communities Challenge is a joint effort of the FCC and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Read additional information about the FCC’s Apps for Communities Challenge.