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Could you create a prize-winning environment app?

A competition has been launched to develop mobile phone applications to make people more aware of the environment.

Voluntary partnership the Group on Earth Observations launched GEO Appathon 2014 with $20,000 (£11,800) in prizes being offered by the US Agency for International Development.

The aim is to create new, exciting and easy-to-use apps using Earth observation data available through GEO’s Global Earth Observation System of Systems. 

“GEO Appathon 2014 is one of the critical next steps in the evolution of GEOSS to create mechanisms to readily convert data into information and tools for decision makers across society,” said GEO secretariat director Barbara J. Ryan.

“The Appathon is an important leap forward in unleashing the power of Earth observations.”

Participation in the competition is open to any non-commercial entity, individual or team from any background in any country.

Registration closes on 31 July; apps must be received by 31 August.

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