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Vodafone Foundation App Aid Event – Coding for the good cause, are you in?

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Are you an app developer for smartphones? How about squeezing your brain a bit to help a good cause hosted by Vodafone Foundation Australia? At the same time, you can grab yourself a brand new Samsung Galaxy S III if your app is selected as the winner (to be given to each member on the winning team).

But of course, the prize is not the main point here. It’s the good cause that you will be contributing to the world, because the app you will be developing, is going to be used to help major charities around Australia to further spread their blessings to others. If your app wins, Vodafone Foundation will make a $30,000 donation to the charity associated with the winning app ($10,000 to the runner up)!

If you want to participate, here are the details:

  • You must register for the App Aid event before 5pm EST on 10 September, 2012.
  • The App Aid event is to be held in Sydney on the 20th-22nd of September 2012 (from September 20, 2 p.m until September 22, 2 p.m)
  • TEN teams will be selected among the applicants to attend the event.
  • If selected, you and your team will then need to attend the event in Sydney and use the designated 48 hours time frame to develop your app. Of course, feel free to stay in the venue as long as you like to develop your prototype (You will be given a 24 hour access. Just remember to get some sleep!).
  • The app you are going to build is obviously aimed to help the charity in spreading their good cause (see the list of charities and the proposed app below these bullet points).
  • Your team will then have to present the prototype, marketing plans, and also to answer some questions from the audience.
  • You can develop the app on any platform (iOS, Android, or Windows Phone).
  • Other specific details can be read on the Vodafone Foundation App Aid page.

There are 7 charities picked from 150 submitted charities earlier:

  • The Centre for Volunteering
    The Two Bobs Worth App will make it easier for people to be more spontaneous in their volunteering activities. The App will present volunteering opportunities, with some only taking a few hours out of someone’s day. It will track the volunteer hours completed by each participant and generate a ‘Volunteering Passport” that can integrate with Facebook and other social media to help volunteers receive the recognition they deserve by their organisation and wider community.
  • Lifestyle Solutions
    The Wellness 7 Days App is a tool designed to map participants mood and emotional challenges over any given day or time. By tracking their emotional states, this app will enable health care providers to provide more meaningful and timely support.
  • St Johns Ambulance (NSW)
    The app will be developed to support St Johns Ambulance (NSW) volunteers when they are out in the field, by providing them with access to necessary information including tips, checklists and patient treatment guides to assist in emergency treatment. In addition, the app will also allow for members and team leaders at events and emergencies around the state to communicate with head quarters to report on patient work load and activity.
  • OzHarvest
    The app will enable food donors to notify OzHarvest when they have food available for rescue and for OzHarvest to plan and coordinate the process of food rescue in order to maximise the benefit to recipients.
  • Starlight Children’s Foundation
    The purpose of the Starlight app will be a game to connect seriously ill and hospitalised children with Captain Starlight 24/7. It will keep them entertained and distracted while in hospital and when living at home, increase awareness of the Captain Starlight program and raise vital funds via app downloads, to go towards the Captain Starlight program.
  • Leukaemia Foundation
    The Leukaemia Foundation would like to develop an app to support cancer patients through their cancer journey, especially those in more remote areas. The app will capture patients information, such as their physical and mental wellbeing which will be fed back to their care coordinator to monitor and intervene as required. It will also provide prompts to patients about up and coming appointments and provide information to support them through treatment side effects.
  • NSW Wires
    NSW Wires would like to develop an app that will benefit the survival rate of native wildlife in. By providing the public with information on the basic skills of how to identify and attend to injured wildlife, and also ease of access to contact details of their nearest WIRES branch or local vet.

It’s probably been a while since you developed apps to help a good cause or perhaps you’ve always been aiming on how to make more money from selling your apps. Though there’s nothing wrong with that, perhaps this is the time to redirect your skills for the greater good? Feel the joy of knowing that you have brought millions of smiles and even saved lives with your app. That feeling cannot be bought by any sheer amount of money.

The event looks like a fun one too and a good place to get to know the other Australian app developers and charities. You can also follow the hashtag #AppAid on Twitter. So again, apply for the App Aid event before 5pm EST on 10 September, 2012 if you are interested.

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