Develop the next generation apps for local government to support Social Services.

Esri & ICMA Social Services App Challenge

ICMA and Esri invite you to create the next generation apps to that help governments deliver more transparent, collaborative, and impactful social services. We challenge you to create the tools communities need to open up government data and build stronger communities. By bringing together governments, developers, and companies around the world, we believe we can develop solutions to solve our most pressing challenges.

Esri and ICMA members regularly meet to discuss issues facing their communities, such as using technology to collect and maintain huge volumes of data. Local governments must determine the best ways to use such data to improve service delivery and engage citizens. Apps, dashboards and other digital tools can help bridge the divide between data and action.

The Challenge

Esri & ICMA’s Social Services App Challenge is open to everyone - including developers, start-ups, governments, academics, and NGOs to name a few. Get creative for this important initiative by using the growing pool of open data and Esri apps, maps, services, and APIs. Judges will select the best of the best apps to be featured at ICMA’s Annual Conference in Seattle, September 27-30. Esri will award prizes and share the winning apps on this DevPost page, ICMA & Esri's #LocalGov Technology Alliance page, and GeoNet.

Participants are encouraged to create apps that help governments deliver needed social services in their communities. Three winners of the Esri & ICMA Social Services App Challenge will be selected to receive cash prizes.


Key Dates
August 18- 8:00 A.M. (PDT) Competition opens
September 16 - Competition closes at 5:00 P.M. (PDT)
September 27- Winners announced at ICMA Annual Conference and on DevPost page

View full rules


Eligibility: This Esri & ICMA Social Services App Challenge (“Contest”) is open to all developers who are the legal age of majority in their country of residency, including Sponsor's business partners, except for developers who are residents of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, and Province of Quebec and where prohibited by national, state, provincial, or any other governmental laws or regulations. Sponsor's international distributors, its affiliates or sister companies, and its respective employees, including those individuals who were former employees within the last six months prior to the announcement date of the Contest, and the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) as well as household members of each such employee or person are not eligible to enter.

This Contest is a trade promotion and open to Sponsor's developer community.
Note: It is Applicant's sole responsibility to review and understand Applicant's employer's policies regarding eligibility to participate in this Contest. If Applicant is participating in violation of such employer's policies, Applicant may be disqualified from entering or receiving prizes. Sponsor disclaims any and all liability or responsibility for disputes arising between Applicant and Applicant's employer related to this matter, and prizes will only be awarded in compliance with Applicant's employer's policies.

Government Employees: As a result of government gift and ethics rules, government employees may not be eligible to enter this Contest. For Sponsor to consider any submission made by government employees, Applicant is required to submit to Sponsor authorization from Applicant's ethics officer when entering this Contest.


Application is considered received when:
a) Applicant submits an Application at the DevPost site (“Submission”), including team members. All requested information must be true, accurate, current, and complete to enter the Contest and be eligible to win any of the prizes.

b) The Submission provides a link to a working desktop, mobile, or web app that uses the ArcGIS Platform provided through a subscription to or a Term
License for ArcGIS Desktop. The app must be capable of being successfully installed on mobile devices and at all times running, or accessible through a URL, in each case, as determined by the Judges.

c) The Submission provides a link to a demonstration video consisting solely of footage that walks through and clearly explains the Application’s features and functionality. The video shall be no longer than ten (10) minutes in length and shall clearly demonstrate the key features and functionality implemented with the ArcGIS Platform and explain how it applies to social services.

d) The Submission provides a way for the Judges to access and test the Application by including an installation file with the Submission, sharing a test build, or by providing a URL where the Application can be accessed or provide instructions on how to install a desktop Application for testing and judging. If the Submission includes other hardware technology, Applicant may be required to provide the hardware needed to test the Application.


Michael Penny

Michael Penny
City of Littleton, Colorado

Chantal Cotton

Chantal Cotton
City of Oakland, CA

Scott Oppmann

Scott Oppmann

Judging Criteria

  • Innovative and creative use of the ArcGIS Platform
    This will be based on originality of idea and technically challenging implementation. Will be judged on a scale of 1-5 (5 is a perfect score).
  • User Experience/ User Interface
    Based on a scale of 1-5 (5 is a perfect score).
  • Potential to increase understanding of complete and/or publicly available government data
    Judges on a scale of 1-5 (5 is a perfect score).
  • Clear articulation of what the application does and how it supports social services at the county and/ or city level
    Judges on a scale of 1-5 (5 is a perfect score).


  • IoT
  • Communication
  • Social Good