When it comes to creating innovative apps to address municipal, environmental or social issues, the answer increasingly comes down to crowdsourcing . The public problem-solving site ChallengePost serves as a platform for innovative ideas from developers, working in areas as varied as the NYC subway system , the city’s data feeds or the Surgeon General’s Healthy Apps initiative. In a recent app challenge on the site, the US Department of Health and Human Services asked developers to address the issues of sexual assault and dating violence among college-age women.
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