"One Day ... one goal ... and many ideas." That will be the slogan Saturday when technologists, coders, designers and community advocates converge on Berkeley High School with one goal in mind: to come up with an app that harnesses technology to benefit the public.

The event is hosted by Alameda County, which held its first app challenge in December. That one drew 120 people who competed in 24 teams and filled a community hall at the Castro Valley Library. The top prize of $3,000 went to Bookit!, an app that allows users to check out library books using a smartphone.

The $3,000 purse remains the same Saturday, but participants will also have an opportunity to learn before presentations begin how to pitch a project Silicon Valley-style.

Teams can draw on the county's data.acgov.org portal, which offers access to everything from crime reports to certified green businesses and voter precincts. Those that don't rely on data should still focus on serving residents in Alameda County.

Entries can be designed for the Web, a personal computer, a mobile handheld device, SMS, or any software platform broadly available to the public. The apps must be open source and free to the public.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Coding kicks off at 11:30 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m., when judging begins.

For more information, call 510-481-3746 or go to http://code.acgov.org. Berkeley High School is at 1980 Allston Way, Berkeley.



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