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  • Apps for Healthy Kids: Government Challenges FTW

    by Brandon Kessler, Bev Godwin, Peter Rhee, Jenn Gustetic and Amanda Eamich

    The Apps for Healthy Kids competition pooled $60k in prizes in support of the First Lady's Let's Move initiative to reduce obesity and raise awareness for healthy lifestyles. USDA led the effort providing the MyPyramid dataset and focusing the app and game competition on "tweens" for learn through play, and nutritional gatekeepers to arm them with critical information to make healthy food choices.

    We started from scratch and found tremendous support in the Office of Science and Technology Policy as well as the game/app developer community. The challenge platform welcomed entries and we invited the public to vote. An esteemed judging panel including Aneesh Chopra and Steve Wozniak will select winners.

    By the time SXSW begins, the winning games and apps will be making a positive impact on children and adults to make health food and lifestyle choices.

    Other federal examples will provide alternative approaches to using competitions to achieve specific goals. Government is becoming more adept in utilizing games, tools and Internet technologies to reach citizens on relevant platforms and devices. Learn from our mistakes and successes, and take away useful tips for designing your own challenge or competition.

    LEVEL: Intermediate

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Friday 11th March

    In Room 9ABC, Austin Convention Center

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