First Lady Michelle Obama and the USDA has launched a competition for developers, game designers and students to develop the most fun and engaging tools and games that will encourage children, specifically “tweens” (ages 9-12) to eat better and be more physically healthy and active.
Apps for Healthy Kids aims to halt the increasing rate of obesity among children which have tripled in the past 30 years which may shorten the expect lifespan of chilren.
If you’re up for the challenge, the Apps for Healthy Kids Â is requiring that any tools and games that you will develop be built based on USDA nutrition dataset which is available through the Open Government Initiative. These datasets provide information on total calories, calories from “extras” and MyPyramid food groups for over 1,000 commonly eaten foods.
So here’s how you can enter the contest:
During the competition submission period (March 10 â€“ June 30, 2010), firstÂ register here (registration is free) and read the completeÂ Official Rules andÂ Questions and Answers. After you register you must verify your email address via the registration email sent to the email entered in the registration form. You will then be able to enter a submission. Fill out the submission form on theÂ submit application tab, including your submission title, text description, link to game or tool, data set(s) used, and whether you are submitting in the â€œtoolâ€ or â€œgameâ€ category. A picture is optional but helpful. Be sure to read the terms and conditions, and if you agree, check off the box, and submit!
Finally, the prize, not much at $40,000 but hey, it’s for a good cause anyway.