NIST contest offers $30K for better data app

NIST contest offers $30K for better data app

Are you a data nerd? A mobile app developer? Someone who could use $30 grand?  If two or more of those descriptions fit, you might want to check out the latest challenge from the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

In a competition announced July 27, NIST called for developers to help organize the agency's Standard Reference Data into an easy-to-use app.

Competitors must incorporate at least one of six NIST datasets, though they may roll in more than one set and pull data from other government sources.

The app will need to serve a broad audience.

“Physicists, biochemical engineers, environmental researchers and many other technically trained experts routinely use NIST Standard Reference Data in their workday,” noted NIST’s competition announcement. “Students from high school through graduate school use the same datasets to master the ropes of scientific discovery.”

The competition is scheduled to close Sept. 28, and is open to for-profit companies, non-profits and individuals alike. First prize is $30,000, while second- and third-place finishers will receive $10,000 and $5,000, respectively.

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