TIME TO SHOW OFF THOSE APPS ...The City of Palo Alto's 2014 Apps Challenge, launched earlier this year to engage local techies with a propensity for civic engagement, is continuing full throttle, with a showcase of the nine finalists' apps scheduled for this Sunday, April 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road. The city named the finalists in March, and their ideas range from a social network for local dog owners and a game to encourage residents and businesses to reduce their carbon footprints to an app directing drivers to the nearest available parking space and a crowd-sourced database of places accessible for disabled citizens. The finalists have had the last six weeks to develop, design, code and create their ideas and prepare to show them off Sunday. Eight developers from Palo Alto-based data company Cloudera also hopped on board to provide advice to the finalists along the way, the city said. On Sunday, there will be networking opportunities as well as refreshments, live entertainment and a chance to give the finalists feedback on their apps. The final winner will be announced May 31.
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