The Washington, D.C. government had the first open data innovation contest run by its CTO, the current United States CIO under the Obama administration, Vivek Kundra. BOALT’s submission, D.C. Historic Tours, won first prize in the agency category. The contest was a catalyst to launch an initiative to promote Open Data Catalog. BOALT had recognized that there were many data sets and the most under utilized where those that provided historical information on landmarks, monuments, parks and other areas of significance.
The application which was actually simple in regards to technical merit won first prize since it served as the most practical and innovative submission. BOALT was excited to win first prize, help the community and donated the award money to fund a Kickstarter project by an MIT student to help map the BP oil spill in the gulf coast.