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Apps for mobile devices are a growing industry. And no wonder; according to research by Flurry Analytics, a mobile analytics company, by December 2012, consumers were spending 127 minutes per day in mobile apps, compared to 94 minutes a day in the same time in 2011, which is a 35 percent increase. During the same time period, television viewership remained steady at 168 minutes per day.
Increasingly, companies and the federal government are turning to "crowdsourcing" to solve technical challenges. In general, "crowdsourcing" is using the vast knowledge of the crowd to work on a problem. In the last few years, companies have taken advantage of the vast knowledge pool offered by the 'crowd' to develop apps and solve real world problems.
Contests are an economical way for companies to develop applications and to garner excited for their venture. But, legal issues must be carefully considered to avoid running afoul of state and federal laws.