Windows Phone 7 Federal App Contest Winners

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The Microsoft FutureFed division recently held a contest to solicit apps for Windows Phone 7 that would be targeted towards federal employees, agencies and citizens.

From the 36 applications they had submitted to them they ultimately whittled it down to nine winning entries that will be featured in the Zune Marketplace.

I must admit after looking over the winning entries and their descriptions these will not just be used by federal employees and agencies as many of them will provide info that anyone can put to use.

Here are the winning entries:

Congress 411 – provides easy access to information for every member of the United States Senate and House of Representatives.

Relief Central – includes the World Factbook from the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Field Operations Guide from USAID, MEDLINE Journals, and Relief News from the CDC, Red Cross, FEMA, ReliefWeb, and more. This free resource delivers up-to-date information to assist those sent to disaster sites.

Homeland Security – puts the Homeland Security Advisory System at the tip of your fingers. The Homeland Security Advisory System provides real time access to the Threat Level Alert.

Airport Status – allows citizens to look up a US airport and see if the airport is currently experiencing any delays. In addition, the current weather conditions for the selected airport are displayed, as well as a map of the airport location and turn-by-turn driving directions from your current location.

Congress – allows users access information about their elected Congressional representatives – read their news stories, view their tweets and watch their videos.

Most Wanted – provides an extension of the FBI’s Most Wanted lists by encouraging users to contribute to the FBI’s hunt for these criminals.  Citizens are able to submit tips to the FBI that are also geo-tagged to help agents follow up on these leads.  This first-of-its-kind solution enables on-the-go submissions of tips to law enforcement directly from a mobile device.

rGov – provides access to the latest recall news provided by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) including podcasts.

Recovery.gov – puts the power of the Recovery’s website in the hands of the American citizens. The application leverages the use of the Recovery’s social media presence, including Twitter, Facebook, and the Recovery Blog, and brings the visual power of Recovery projects to the people as photos are shared from all across the country.  Recovery.gov hand delivers the latest Recovery news and project reports, offers the ability to search for local projects, and increases accountability and transparency. 

United Nations News – allows citizens to keep in touch with the latest news from the international community, tracking global events and initiatives from around the world. This app offers a global narrative through an abundance of articles, photos, videos and radio broadcasts.

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