The HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response is challenging software developers to create applications that will enable use of Facebook as a platform for connecting individuals during a disaster. 

The office has launched the "Lifeline Facebook App Challenge," with prizes of $10,000 for first place, $5,000 for second place and $1,000 for third place. Entries are due by September 15.

"Entrants are required to develop an app that enables a Facebook user to invite three Facebook friends to become 'Lifelines,' or points of contact who agree to act as a source of support during disasters," according to a notice available here and being published on August 10. "Entrants are encouraged to creatively leverage Facebook's existing networking and geo-locating capabilities to enhance the app's ability to increase personal preparedness, locate potential disaster victims and treatment information sharing among social networks during disasters."


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