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Disability Employment App Challenge:

In Accounting & Finances, Business, Culture, Education, Human Resources on July 24, 2012 by Sufen Wang Tagged: , ,

Help People and Win Cash Prizes!

After seeing those government apps last week, do you feel inspired to create your own? Well, now is the perfect time to start working! The Department of Labor is offering $10,000 in CASH prizes for the best apps that help promote the employment of people with disabilities. 

That’s because disabled individuals have a higher unemployment rate and a lower labor force participation rate than everybody else. Your job is to build an app that changes this. Sound like a big project? Luckily, there are specific guidelines to keep you focused.

They want your app to achieve at least one of these goals (but feel free to be an overachiever and accomplish all of these things):

-Promote recruitment resources for employers.

-Develop job-training and skill-building tools for job seekers.

-Facilitate employment-related transportation options.

-Expand web and Information Communication Technology accessibility. 

It would be a good idea to use technology that makes your app accessible for people with disabilities, and to keep in mind that all different kinds of people will be using the app differently. The rest is up to you to be creative. Your submission can be designed for internet browsers, smart phones, feature phones,or as Windows or Macintosh applications. It can be a game, a social network, or anything else you can think of. But get thinking, because you only have until August 23rd to submit!

If your app is good enough, you could win the $5,000 Innovation Award Grand Prize, the $3,000 second place People’s Choice Award(voted on by the public), or the $2,000 third place Above and Beyond Accessibility Award. Of course, it’s nice to win a one-time prize, but it’s even nicer that your tool will work every day to help find people work. For full details on the contest,head over to the Disability Employment App Challenge site.

 
Eye on the Prize!
Sufen Wang
Wang Solutions

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