They have announced the winners for Apps for America 2. I submitted two apps which I had clobbered together. Unfortunately I didn’t make it as a finalist or win the visualization prize. The Apps that did win were written by teams of people who actually know what they are doing… I am just happy I got something working. This was my first experience using PHP to pull web data from APIs and I learned a lot. I am still hoping I win one of the 10 honorable mentions!
I submitted two apps to the Apps for America 2 contest. They provide an interface to the USASpending.gov website, taking you current location and providing information on the federal money being spent locally.
Local Spending – Provides you information on the federal money being spent in your current zip code, district or state.
Local Recovery – Provides the amount of federal recovery money that has been spent in your current zip code, district or state.
While I hope I win something, I had a lot of fun just working on the apps. I got to learn a lot about using PHP to pull in information from an API and restructure it. Good times!