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something like this (still haven’t thought about it)
a prettier version of this one:
SUSTAINABLE ECOSYSTEMS AWARDS
Calling out to all app makers and developers to create now a better world!
what is an ecosystem?
ec•o•sys•tem (ˈɛk oʊˌsɪs təәm, ˈi koʊ-)
a system formed by the interaction of a community of organisms with its
An ecological ecosystem is a dynamic environment where living beings and non living
elements work together to create a sustainable, self sufﬁcient whole.
A social ecosystem is a community of people that achieves well-being and happiness
because its members share, participate, respect/cultivate mutual differences, and come
together to join forces.
Today’s world, and more importantly the world of the future is all about ecosystems:
the challenge we face is to create self sufﬁcient communities where people help each
other and most of all to defend the sustainability of our planet’s resources: water, land,
energy, and food.
SUSTAINABLE ECOSYSTEMS AWARDS is a competition for the best mobile apps in the
world developed to support environmental and social ecosystems and keep them healthy
and productive over time.
How does an app create or support ecosystems?
When you make an environment or system more self sufﬁcient and happy in the long run,
you are contributing to the creation of a sustainable ecosystem.
Many apps support social equity, economic equity, sustainability for the environment, free
exchange of goods and skills, and by doing so prepare our future towards sustainable
Apps are used for:
Urban sustainability> mobile apps like iKringloop, that optimizes giving away your
unwanted furniture, or Bondsy, where you can trade goods and exchange beans for
bacon; NextDoor creates new ties between you and your neighborhood
Circle of 6 is created especially to create a security network to protect against rape, the
Extraordinaires lets you perform random acts of kindness in your spare time, wehelpen
offers a social network where people can ask for or offer volunteer help for all kinds of
tasks, Addictaid helps addicts to ﬁnd help in their area, and many more.
Ecological sustainability: mobile apps to save energy (car sharing, energy management in
the home), RecycleBank ﬁlls the gap between recycling and Foursquare, the app Seasons
knows what fruit and vegetables are in season, Oil Reporter lets your report oil spills
And the winner is.... (criteria for winning)
an app that helps an ecosystem to be self sufﬁcient and thrive (the planet, your city, your
neighborhood or community, your garden) or creates a new one (for example, a
community of bike advocates)
- an app that is economically sustainable, environmentally sustainable and promotes
social well being.
- Regardless of the platform (iPhone, Android, etc) your app is especially created for
( for example:
How well does the app meet the needs of the target user groups?
How does the app "feel"? Is it efﬁcient and easy to use? etc)
Be on the frontline to make the world a better place!
if you want to read more about ecosystems, you can ﬁnd some ideas
Who are the organizers?
Appril is the only festival about apps and mobile internet that takes place for a whole
month (guess which one?), and reunites a great many media professionals to successfully
create a buzzing community in its multiple events across the Netherlands.
Appsterdam, inspiration for this competition, is the App Makers ecosystem of independent
developers, designers and business specialists based in Amsterdam, to facilitate the
creation of great mobile apps.