About apps, coding and fellows in Amsterdam

To stimulate the use of Open Data and to demonstrate the possibilities of applications based on Open Data, Apps for Amsterdam was born. The contest was in first instance modeled after the Apps for Democracy contest in Washington (US). Participants could win prizes to further develop their applications and make them suitable for a large audience.

A short history
The first contest was held in 2011. A second edition was held in 2012, when the competition was slightly altered. Six themes that are important for the capital were introduced, each represented by an ambassador of the City of Amsterdam. Entries could focus on themes like vacancy (of buildings), tourism & culture, democracy, mobility, safety or energy. In the next phase in 2013, app makers were helped to turn their applications into a sustainable business.

Apps developers could join the local Business Lounges of Apps for Europe in 2014 and 2015 and enter their apps in the European competition. The winner of 2015 was a Dutch mobility app called GoOV.

Code for NL initiative
In 2015, we started the Code for NL initiative. Code for NL wants, like its partners in the international Code for All network, to inject creative IT talent into the government. In this way, we believe that we can quickly reach user-friendly solutions for social problems. Code for NL fellows will always work with open source and open data because (whether it’s Amsterdam, Helsinki, or San Francisco) many cities face the same problems. The Code for All network works together to find smart solutions. A fellow will bring not only technical knowledge, but also an agile way of thinking and working to the table.

Apps for Amsterdam was a collaboration between the Amsterdam Economic BoardWaag Society and the City of Amsterdam, Economic Affairs.