In June Mozilla started the Mozilla Ignite Challenge with funding from the National Science Foundation. The goal of the challenge was to submit an idea for an app that advances national priorities, and the ideas were reviewed by thirty-eight judges who selected eight of them to be prize winners. These wining ideas represent the best ideas not only in terms of creativity but also their societal impacts.
One of the bronze medal winners (which received $1000) was Kinect Health 3D, which translates physical therapy into a game. Creating a real-time protocol for controlling 3D printing and other manufacturing tools was an idea that won a silver medal. The gold medal went to Real-Time Emergency Response Observation and Supervision which is an idea for bringing together multiple high quality video feeds and sensor data to create a better picture of what is going on around an emergency worker.
The next round for the Ignite Challenge is the actual development portion, when developers will be invited to make these ideas real. To help the process along, there is $485,000 of funding available for the teams, but they must have working code by October 25 to receive early funding. Expert mentorship is also available to support the developers. It is worth noting that the challenge does not require a finished application when it ends, though awards will be given based on factors including that. The purpose of the development round is to be headed in the right direction for finishing the apps.