Apps for Amsterdam is an initiative by the City of Amsterdam* to make as much (local) data accessible to the public. The contest is modeled after the "Apps for Democracy" contest in Washington (US). Over 47 teams, companies and developers, including us, submitted apps for wide variety of open datasets.
Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands and the world’s most multi-cultural city. Its population of 750,000 inhabitants contains 178 nationalities, more than New York City. We believe especially in Amsterdam, that open data should be accessible for all; even if you don’t speak Dutch. We build our app on top of the Beeldbank Amsterdam dataset. And since it has no internationalization features, we decided there should be an app for that: Amsterdam Image Bank.
The application is a mash up of Google Translate and the Amsterdam Image Bank. Users can conveniently enter a keyword in their own prefered language. The app then automatically tries to determine the language, translates it, queries the database and shows the result. The application features automatic detection and translation in over 50 languages. We build the app in full HTML, in order to allow the widest range of browsers and mobile devices to access our app. Our philosphy is that technology should promote inclusion, not exclude people
Although we didn't win the first prize, our award and the accompanying prize money allows us to have a nice afternoon of golfing, including drinks to celebrate. Thanks to all the people who voted for us! :)
*The Apps for Amsterdam contest is a participation between medialab Waag Society, the City of Amsterdam (Economic Affairs) and Hack de Overheid (Hack the Government).