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Patterson Announces OakGov Challenge Contest and Prize Money

Public Date: 2/3/2010 12:00 AM
Contact: Bill Mullan, Media and Communications Officer
Phone Number: 248-858-1048

​Pontiac, MI, February 3, 2010 -- Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson is excited to announce the OakGov Challenge. In partnership with AT&T, the challenge is a contest designed to encourage those who live, work or go to school in the Economic Growth Alliance (EGA) Region to develop cutting-edge Web and Mobile applications for citizen and government use.

With $10,000 in total prize money (sponsored by AT&T) available to the contest winners, the goal is to stimulate innovation within the community and to enhance government-to-citizen communication and information sharing.

“This is an excellent opportunity to highlight and promote the outstanding technical skills and innovation within the region,” Patterson says.  “And thanks to our partnership with AT&T, it gives some talented individuals a chance to win some prize money.” 

Applications can be designed for use on the Web or a mobile device to make information available and accessible to the public.  Oakland County is preparing a wide variety of sample data which the participants can choose from, such as marriage and death certificates, land records, circuit court cases and environmental data.  The data will be “mocked up” to protect the privacy of our citizens.

“Innovation and mobility are two of the cornerstones of our business,” said James A. Murray, president of AT&T Michigan.  “This program encompasses both of those areas and I’m excited to see what the contestants are able to develop.”

The County is looking for applications that enhance the access of services to citizens and/or improve the productivity of businesses/organizations working with government.

“The applications that contestants will develop, combined with county data will not only spark innovation, but will also create more opportunities for self-service, and increase the transparency of government services,” says Phil Bertolini, CIO/Deputy Oakland County Executive.

Additional information about the OakGov Challenge can be found at www.oakgovchallenge.com.  The EGA region includes Oakland, Livingston, Genesee, Lapeer and St. Clair counties. For media inquiries only, please contact Phil Bertolini, CIO/Deputy County Executive, at (248) 858-0815.