The Consumer Electronics Association has launched its first "Apps for Innovation" contest - with the winner to be announced at the International CES in Las Vegas on January 7.
Judges, who include Center for Democracy and Technology CEO Leslie Harris, pollster and "The Way We'll Be" author John Zogby, and political grassroots pioneer Jonah Seiger, will award a $10,000 grand prize and a free trip to CES to the overall winner.
The judges are looking for apps that fit into one of two categories. Apps can either illuminate how innovation and entrepreneurship are at work in the US and throughout the globe, or help constituents better communicate with members of Congress about innovation policies - copyright, clean energy, broadband, etc.
Regardless of if the winner takes home the big prize, it's still a cool marketing opportunity for software developers. The best submissions will be featured in the Apps for Innovation Library, viewable by an online kiosk set up at the CES. (CES, in case you are not familiar, is the world's largest event for consumer technology. More than 100K people attend each year, and some of the greatest gadgets from DVD players, HD radio and Blu-ray have debuted at the show over the years!)
To compete, visit http://www.appsforinnovation.com