Something interesting caught my attention from the WP Dashboard yesterday, it’s a post from the WordPress blog entitled the Change the Web Challenge.
What is Change the Web Challenge?
Social Actions’ Change the Web Challenge is about building innovative tools to help people find and share opportunities to take action on the websites, blogs, and social networks that we all visit everyday.
Change the Web Challenge is basically a contest where individuals and organizations alike are encouraged to create a plugin, widget, mashup, hack or any web application that will help people find and share opportunities to take action. WordPress is taking part in this contest as one of the technology partners and as an incentive for WordPress developers who will be participating and creating a WordPress plugin for this contest, the best WordPress plugin will be featured in the Plugin Directory.
Here are some of the web applications that are already powered by Social Action:
- ‘Related Ways to Take Action’ WordPress Plugin: A plugin you can add to any WordPress.org blog that identifies the keywords of each blog posts and then displays related ways to take action.
- Twitter Action Pack: A directory of 30+ Twitter accounts that automatically post actions on the issues you care about.
- Firefox Ubiquity Command: A Firefox mashup that lets you highlight any phrase as you browse the web and find related ways to take action.
I really like what Social Action is trying to do with the Change the Web Challenge. Not only does it create new applications and technology but it also increases people’s awareness and participation on relevant social issues. Like what Lloyd mentioned in the WordPress blog post, “the real prize is spreading a little more love in the world.” I would love to participate in this contest however, I’m not a programmer or developer so all I can do is blog about it and share it with others.
Deadline for submission of entries is on Fri, April 3, 2009 and winners will be announced on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference. Btw, there will be 10,000+ worth of prizes that will be given away.
To learn more on how Change the Web Challenge works or on how to apply, check out the Change the Web Challenge official page.
Anyone else interested in joining/participating in the Change the Web Challenge? Do you have an idea for a plugin, widget or mashup that will help people find and share actions?
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