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  • The US Army Looking For A Few Good... Apps



    If there are two entities that commonly aren't thought of as a natural pair, it's the iPhone and the US Army. However, the Army has spent a lot of time thinking about the iPhone lately. And if the Army’s Chief Information Office is to get its way, the US army will soon put its "stamp of approval" on a new application - one that is yet to be developed.

    The US Army is behind a new competition designed to cultivate new and inspiring mobile and web apps. And there are cash prizes involved... up to $30,000 in all. The contest is billed as "a joint venture" between the Army and iStrategyLabs. The inspiration for the contest came from the "Apps For Democracy" project, which was a similar joint venture in 2008 between iStrategyLabs and the D.C.’s Office of the CTO.

    This is, however, an internal contest. In other words, the "Apps for the Army" contest requires you to already work for the Army - either as a soldier or civilian employee. And the type of apps the Army hopes to see submitted are those that "tackle any aspect of Army IT." Ultimately, submissions will be assessed according to six criteria: "usefulness to warfighters or business users; intuitive usability; appeal over current or past approaches to executing the same tasks; inventiveness; likelihood to have an effect on missions; and viability."

    If all goes according to plan and the winning submissions meet "security requirements," the US Army may very well use one or more of the apps in an official capacity.

    If you are an active or retired member of the Army you can find more details about the competition here.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: The US Army Looking For A Few Good... Apps started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 12 Comments
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      I would be willing to bet this is going to be something more of an advertising campaign for them, sort of like the FPS game "America's Army". They know young people are into iphone/ipod apps. This would be a great recruitment tactic for them.
    1. Bluprint's Avatar
      Bluprint -
      Replacing iphones with guns... not a good idea

      For the iphone addict, I just hope it doesn't become a gun addiction too like private pile.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Pity I don't work for the American army.
      I have this great idea for a fart app....
    1. extremzocker's Avatar
      extremzocker -
      would be real useful for manipulating people. however, i hope this will be useful and become public
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      well looks like im off to the recruiters now
    1. cranie's Avatar
      cranie -
      Quote Originally Posted by Messany View Post

      ... the type of apps the Army hopes to see submitted are those that "tackle any aspect of Army IT." Ultimately, submissions will be assessed according to six criteria: "usefulness to warfighters or business users; intuitive usability; appeal over current or past approaches to executing the same tasks; inventiveness; likelihood to have an effect on missions; and viability."
      I will create the app they seek and it shall cause the iPhone to emit the brown note, satisfying all the above requirements.

      I'll take my check now, please
    1. DarkPotato's Avatar
      DarkPotato -
      how about a iphone app specifically for the President that launches all nukes and missiles in the US at the click of a button?
    1. LSZ33's Avatar
      LSZ33 -
      Looks like I need to enter this contest. Of course like the rest of the bonuses we get in the Army, that 30K comes in at 22.5K after taxes. Still not bad though
    1. bengo's Avatar
      bengo -
      Quote Originally Posted by DarkPotato View Post
      how about a iphone app specifically for the President that launches all nukes and missiles in the US at the click of a button?
      You're a retard.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by bengo View Post
      You're a retard.
      Of course he is!

      It should need two taps to avoid mistakes. Duh!
    1. pyromcr's Avatar
      pyromcr -
      doodle jump will win!
    1. DarkPotato's Avatar
      DarkPotato -
      Quote Originally Posted by bengo View Post
      You're a retard.

      thats not what your mother said last night you ******