Alice Armitage • about 7 years ago
The meaning of "free use" in the rules
Would you expand on the full meaning of the statement in the rules that the application that wins must be "available for free use and download by the public for a period of one year..."? Some of the most desirable functionality in applications like the ones you are seeking may create variable costs, i.e. ongoing costs to operate the app that grow with the number of users. While I am certain that the intention of everyone who enters this challenge is to help as many people as they can, it is possible to imagine a scenario in which a popular and free application is used by so many users over the course of one year that the creator of the app could be put in financial jeopardy by the amount of variable costs that are incurred. And those costs would be in addition to ongoing monitoring costs, because every application that is relied on by users to provide safety and connection to others would have to be consistently monitored to enusre that all features are working as described.
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