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The Executive Office of Transportation (EOT) today announced a Developers Conference and Developers Challenge with two winners receiving a free MBTA Charlie Card for a year.

The Conference:

Saturday, November 14th, 11am-4pm
MIT Tang Center (Building E51)
70 Memorial Drive,
Cambridge, MA

Please register and RSVP here

The Conference is free and open to the public and features transportation and technology speakers and breakout sessions where developers can discuss EOT data and the applications they are working on.  The Conference builds on EOT’s historic step toward openness by the creation of the EOT Developers Page.  A well-known application called UniBus is utilizing Developers data to create an easy-to-use statewide transit scheduler for the iPhone.  Massachusetts companies Sparkfish Creative and Wonderland Development have launched iPhone applications to help users navigate the MBTA system. 

The Challenge inspires developers to create both applications and data visualizations, submit them to EOT, and release them to the public.  The two top submissions will receive a CharlieCard valid for one-year of free travel on the MBTA in addition to recognition at the Conference.  The CharlieCard awards are sponsored by MassRIDES, which helps residents reduce commuting costs by encouraging transit use, vanpooling, and carpooling.

The Challenge begins today, and applications can be submitted through November 9th, 2009.  The applications will be judged on the quality of design, usability, and convenience. 

Find information on the Conference and the Challenge at the EOT Developers Page.

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