Supporting startup companies to overcome barriers in the EU app market
The EU app economy has the potential to create revenue and jobs on a scale similar to that of the United States, following the growth in adoption of mobile devices and the popularity of online social networks. However, various characteristics of the EU app landscape threaten to hold back that growth: (1) the natural fragmentation of national and regional markets (compared with the US, China, or Japan) by size, language, culture, etc.; (2) EU and local regulatory conditions (legal complexities, country-specific personal data policies, etc.); and (3) difficulties in finding and retaining a talented, educated and skilled workforce. The European Commission is seeking advice on initiatives it could develop to overcome these “environmental” barriers and foster growth of the EU app economy. The EC is seeking perspectives broadly - proven ideas from the high tech/software industry or from any other industry are welcome.
In addition to the monetary prize, up to five top Solvers will be invited to present to, and network with, a group of thought-leaders from leading app companies, platform providers and EU officials at a meeting in Berlin in mid-November 2013. For each invited solver, travel expenses up to $1,750 will be covered. This is an excellent opportunity to help advance an industry and also to raise your profile in the app development community!
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.