The Sunlight Foundation's new contest sounds good at first blush, but we might want to think again.
Artists, web developers and data visualization geniuses, here’s a chance to strut your stuff, serve your country and win some serious money in the process.
Sunlight Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides tools to make government data more transparent, has announced a new contest called Design for America. Billed as a "design and data visualization extravaganza," Sunlight is encouraging the public to create and publish data visualizations that help make complex government data easier for people to digest and interact with.
There are several different categories open for submission, including: visualizations of Recovery.gov data that shows how the stimulus money is being spent, visualizations showing how a bill becomes a law, a redesign of a .gov website, and a redesign of any government form. Top prize in each category is a cool $5,000.
Sound good to you? Sounds like another classic pitch for spec work to me.