Over the past 75 days, 141 soldiers and Army civilians registered in teams or as individuals to participate in the Apps for the Army (A4A) development challenge.
By the May 15th deadline, 53 web and mobile applications were developed and submitted.
A sampling of submissions include apps that support data collection in disaster relief situations, analyze threats in areas of operations, inventory property, and provide Mess Hall options. The app submitted included 17 Android, 16 iPhone, 10 ASP.NET, 7 LAMP, 2 BlackBerry and 1 for AKO.
Next, the apps must pass a security certification. They will then be judged on six criteria by a panel of judges from across the Army in eight categories. The Army plans to announce winners at the LandWarNet Conference in early August. Selected submissions will receive employee cash awards from a total cash pool of $30,000.
“Soldiers and Army civilians are creating new mobile and web applications of value for their peers—tools that enhance warfighting effectiveness and business productivity today,” said Lt. Gen. Jeff Sorenson, the Army Chief Information Officer/G-6. “And, we’re rewarding their innovation with recognition and cash.”