March/April 2010

Army launches apps contest

The U.S. Army launched its "Apps for the Army" (A4A) contest in March, open to active-duty, Reserve and National Guard personnel, and civilian employees. The service seeks good web and mobile software applications that can be used throughout the Army.

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Sorenson, the Army chief information officer, said the purpose of the contest is "to encourage smarter, better, and faster technical solutions to meet operational needs."

The Army will distribute a total of $30,000 in prizes to winners of the contest, which is probably much less than it would cost to pay a contractor to write a thousand lines of code or an entire application. The top app submissions will be recognized at the LandWarNet Conference in August.

The Army said A4A apps that will be considered are ones that tackle "distributed training, battle command, career management, continuing education, or news and information distribution." A4A apps must be submitted by 15 May.