FAQ

1. What is Evergreen Apps?

Evergreen Apps Challenge is a joint initiative of the City of Seattle, Washington State’s Broadband Office and King County to produce sustainable applications to help  find new and useful ways to use data about our region. The Challenge is intended to provide recognition to students, individuals, teams of individuals, corporations and nonprofit orgs for developing innovative software applications that utilize data about our region. The Sponsors all have open data available at data.seattle.gov, data.wa.gov, and datakc.org.

The goals of the Competition are twofold: (1) to stimulate the development of applications that improve access to information, government services and government transparency, making it easier and more fun to visit, live and work in Washington; and (2) to stimulate economic development by encouraging innovation and the creation of new intellectual property with commercial potential by individuals, startups and small organizations.

2. When do I enter?

Between August 1, 2012 at 9 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (“PDT”) and September 6, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. PDT (the “Competition Submission Period”). The Sponsors’ computer is the official time keeping device for this Competition.

3. Who is eligible?

The Competition is open only to: 1) individuals who live, work or study in Washington State; and are 18 years or older, except those applying for the Student Prize; and 2) Small businesses that have a principal place of business in Washington State, legally existing at the time of entry and employ fewer than fifty (50) people at the time of entry. Individuals submitting on behalf of teams, small businesses and nonprofit organizations must meet the eligibility requirements for Individual Contestants. An individual may join more than one team, small business or nonprofit organization.
Submissions made by an employee, relative (spouse, parents and step-parents, siblings and step-siblings, and children and step-children) or household member (people who share the same residence at least three (3) months out of the year) of a person employed by the state of WA, King County and/or the City of Seattle or other organization providing data sets to the Sponsor at the time the Submission is entered are only eligible for the Good Government Recognition Award. ; If submitted by an employee of the Sponsors, the Submission must also have been prepared outside the scope of the employee’s employment by the City, State or County and must not consist of an application or materials that the employee could reasonably expect to be required to prepare in the course of his or her duties as an employee of the State, City or County; and (2) the Submission by the employee, relative or household member must not be based on data or materials to which the employee (or employee to whom the Contestant is related or with whom the Contestant resides) has access in the course of his or her city, county, or State of WA employment, or data or materials submitted to the Sponsors data sites by the department, agency or office of the City, State or County by which the employee is employed.

Eligibility requirements for the Good Government Recognition Award) are set forth in Section 5. There are also additional eligibility requirements for the Best Student Award which are set forth in Section 5.

The Competition is subject to all applicable United States federal, state and local laws and regulations. Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and Sponsors’ decisions, which are final and binding on all matters related to the Competition. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

4. What if I work for City of Seattle, King County or Washington State?

Eligibility Requirements Exclusively for the Good Government Recognition Award: (1) Submission must be made by an employee, relative (spouse, parents and step-parents, siblings and step-siblings, and children and step-children) or household member (people who share the same residence at least three (3) months out of the year) of a person employed by the state of WA, King County and/or the City of Seattle or other organization providing data sets to the Sponsor at the time the Submission is entered; (2) if submitted by an employee of the Sponsors, the Submission must have been prepared outside the scope of the employee’s employment by the City, State or County and must not consist of an application or materials that the employee could reasonably expect to be required to prepare in the course of his or her duties as an employee of the State, City or County; and (3) the Submission by the employee, relative or household member must not be based on data or materials to which the employee (or employee to whom the Contestant is related or with whom the Contestant resides) has access in the course of his or her city, county, or State of WA employment, or data or materials submitted to the Sponsors data sites by the department, agency or office of the City, State or County by which the employee is employed.

5. Where can I find data?

6. What is Good Government Award

A non-cash, recognition-only award for government employees of any one of the sponsoring governments who may want to participate in the contest and/or partner with each other.

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