Create an innovative tool that lets an informed consumer find out if a business is obeying the law when it comes to paying workers properly.

Description:

In 2013, we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that established minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor standards affecting employees in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments. Covered nonexempt workers are entitled to a minimum wage of not less than $7.25 per hour effective July 24, 2009. Overtime pay at a rate not less than one and one-half times the regular rate of pay is required after 40 hours of work in a workweek.  These are some of the most basic labor protections in this country.

Challenge Summary:

Your challenge is to create an application that integrates publicly-available enforcement data from the Wage and Hour Division and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for various industries with other publicly available consumer friendly data sets and consumer ratings web sites like Yelp and mapping tools like Google Maps. The application will help consumers locate such establishments and view their federal enforcement and violations history as well as read consumer reviews to help them decide where to spend their hard-earned wages.  Not only can this compliance information be useful to consumers, it can likewise factor into employees’ decisions while job hunting.

Each submission should achieve both the following goals:

The following are the minimum requirements for the applications:

  • The app will support map capabilities (user will be able to see the stores, restaurants and hotels/motels in the vicinity displayed on a map)
  • The app will provide users with WHD and OSHA enforcement data and compliance history about the stores, restaurants and hotels/motels in the vicinity of the individual’s GPS location
  • The app will allow users to enter an address and provide users with WHD and OSHA enforcement data and compliance history about various identified industries in the vicinity of the entered address
  • The app will utilize both of the API’s listed in Section 4. Datasets
  • The app will display violation and non-violation data
  • The app will display data from selected NAICs codes listed in Section 4: Datasets
  • The app will be section 508 compliant by making the Submission accessible to people with disabilities
  • The app will provide users access to other user reviews (examples: Yelp, Google+, City Search, Merchant Circle, etc.)
  • The app could provide users with access to other data sets (such as state licensing agencies, state health boards, environmental data)
  • The app must pass testing to be included in the iPhone and Android marketplaces

In addition, submissions should:

  • be creative, innovative, and easy to use;
  • provide access to important data and resources from various sources;
  • attract users with different skill sets and language preferences;
  • consider partnerships that will ensure sustainability of the app

Submissions may be designed for internet browsers, smartphones, feature phones, social media platforms, or as native Windows or Macintosh applications.

Criteria:
Submissions should be creative and innovative, offering the public easy access to important data and resources that meet the stated goals of this challenge.  Successful apps could take many different forms, such as: interactive and informative games, social or professional networks, or data visualization. Additionally, submissions should consider partnerships that will ensure sustainability of the app, and should also consider means to attract users with different skill sets and language preferences.

  • Mission: How well does the application address the goals defined for this challenge? (40%)
  • Creativity: How innovative, interesting, and unique is the application in meeting contest requirements? (30%)
  • Design and Ease of Use: Does the application present information in a way that is easy for the target audiences to use and is pleasing to the eye? (30%)

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How to enter

Contestants must register for the contest on Challenge.gov by creating an account between July 9, 2013 12:00 a.m. EDT, and October 11, 2013, 11:59 p.m. EDT. All entries received after October 11, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. EDT will not be considered for prizes. Registrants will receive an email to verify their account and may then enter their submissions via the "Post a Submission" tab (Submissions).

  1. If the software tool is not accessible to or by the Competition Administrator and Judges for review purposes (via the web with a URL or mobile app store), a link to a video of the working tool may be submitted.  In such case, the Competition Administrator has the right to request access to the Submission in person, or via any reasonable manner to verify any of the software tool’s criteria.
  2. A Submission may be disqualified if it does not function as expressed in its description.
  3. Once the submission period closes, Contestants cannot make any changes or alterations to the Submission until the judging is complete.

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Judging Criteria

  • Mission
    How well does the application address the goals defined for this challenge? (40%)
  • Creativity
    How innovative, interesting, and unique is the application in meeting contest requirements? (30%)
  • Design and Ease of Use
    Does the application present information in a way that is easy for the target audiences to use and is pleasing to the eye? (30%)