Hello everyone -- this is Fred Smith, at the CDC. We will be announcing prizes to the CDC Flu App Challenge on this blog on Wednesday July 6 by 5:00PM EST.
I wanted to post this preliminary announcement note to say how very impressed we were by the quality, creativity, and enthusiasm demonstrated in the 96(!) submissions we received. Speaking for both the judges and my colleagues at the CDC - thank you for your hard work. Not only is there a ton of cool technology on display (web apps, widgets, iOS apps, Android apps, HTML5 entries, Facebook apps, foursquare apps, games -- unbelievable), but all are addressing a serious health issue – influenza.
Since there were literally scores of excellent submissions, the judges' task is nearly impossible. While they loved climbing through the nooks and crannies of the entries, the judges regret having only three main prizes, five honorable mention prizes, and one People’s Choice to offer.
Since there are many, many qualified entries –we may contact some of you separately to discuss refinement and reuse of your technology in other CDC products. Those of you who decide to keep your applications up and available, we ask you to please not use the CDC logo anywhere in your app. The disclaimers used in your application should be changed to:
The use of data and content from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or links to CDC.gov in an application or web site does not indicate any form of endorsement or approval from CDC, the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, the Influenza Division or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Any data manipulations, representations, and/or stated or implied conclusions included in such applications or web sites have not been reviewed, confirmed or approved by the CDC for scientific accuracy.
Finally, at CDC we are always working to improve our health communications and education applications and technologies such as the syndication API. If you have any suggestions for that effort, or topics and ideas that you would like to further discuss with us, please email them to IMTech@CDC.gov. If there is sufficient interest, we will organize a Webinar to cover key technology and health communications topics.
Thanks again for your hard work and patience - and stay tuned for the winners to be announced later today!