Mobile America: Evolving Technology For Increasingly Mobile Citizens

Nandita Pinisetti (Chicago, IL) –

Microsoft’s public sector developer evangelism group launched a U.S.-focused mobile app development campaign called MOBILE AMERICA in May, 2012. The concept is to bring patriotic citizens together with technological developers in order to create new and innovative software for civic good and fundamentally change how government interacts with its constituents.

MOBILE AMERICA is a a hackathon contest “for the people, by the people,” and is inspired by the open government movement directed in large part by advocacy from the White House that has trickled into various agencies, states, and local cities and towns around the U.S. Within a week of Microsoft launching this contest, the White House released the latest in a series of open government initiatives, this one a Digital Management Strategy about building a 21st century platform to better serve the American people. The government’s strategy aims to evolve mobile evolution in the federal government to keep pace with how the American people increasingly do business in a mobile world.

“Americans deserve a government that works for them anytime, anywhere, and on any device,” Obama said in an accompanying memo. “By making important services accessible from your phone and sharing government data with entrepreneurs, we are giving hard-working families and businesses tools that will help them succeed.”

How can I get involved?

If you are a concerned citizen with ideas on how to use technology to alleviate social issues, or a developer with technical skills, MOBILE AMERICA is an opportunity for you to use Windows Phone, Windows Azure cloud resources, or Windows 8 to develop an app that helps America. Plus, you can win prizes!

Seize this opportunity to come together; use the cloud as the fabric that allows us to be always mobile always connected whether on Windows or the Phones; and build a more “mobile America.” Click here today to learn more about this new initiative and how you can participate. Please contact [email protected] with questions.

Nandita Pinisetti is the senior marketing manager for public sector developer evangelism at Microsoft.

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