The Halifax Regional Municipality says it has already received more than 160 suggestions for new smartphone apps in its first open data app contest.

Apps4Halifax, which kicked off in early August, will ultimately result in the awarding of cash to app developers who use municipal data to create the best apps benefiting residents in the Halifax Regional Municipality.

Residents have until Friday to submit ideas for applications they'd like to see made, using the municipality's data sets.

"We're in the idea submission phase," said Donna Davis, the Halifax Regional Municipality's chief information officer.

"This is about making municipal resources — data — available to citizens so that they have better information about what's going on in the municipality, but also allowing others to take that and do something with it."

This spring, the Halifax Regional Municipality made some of its data public so anyone can access information such as street names, civic addresses, bus schedules and the location of parks and trails.

Once the city has collected people's suggestions on how to use that data, it will take them to developers.

The municipality is hoping the contest will result in 50 to 100 new apps:

  • Ideas submission period closes Sept. 6 at 4 p.m.
  • App submission period opens Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. and closes Nov. 29 at 4 p.m.
  • Open Data Hackathon takes place Sept. 13 to Sept. 15.
  • Public voting period in each app category opens Dec. 2 at 10 a.m. and closes Jan. 6, 2014 at 4 p.m.
  • Judging period opens Jan. 9, 2014 at 10 a.m. and closes Jan. 13, 2014 at 4 p.m.
  • Winners will be announced at a ceremony tentatively scheduled for January 2014.