Civic Apps Competition Handbook: A Guide to Planning, by Kate Eyler-Werve

By Kate Eyler-Werve

Manage a Civic Apps festival (CAC) on your urban. This sensible advisor offers most sensible practices for every section of the method, dependent mostly at the authors' firsthand event making plans and dealing with Apps for Metro Chicago (A4MC). you will research every thing from surroundings objectives and making a finances to operating the contest and measuring the end result. CACs offer software program programmers with systems for construction powerful apps, utilizing open executive facts which will foster neighborhood involvement and make executive extra obvious. This instruction manual is helping you handle critical questions about the method and indicates you what is required for making your pageant winning.

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Ca, Harbour Air Seaplanes, and the Vancou ver Aquarium. And that wasn’t even the competition with the most partners and spon sors—that honor goes to Portland’s Civic Apps, which clocked in at a whopping 16 partners and sponsors. The downside of recruiting partners is that you lose some control over the structure of the competition. For example, A4MC was funded largely by the MacArthur Founda tion and the Chicago Community Trust, two foundations that support non-profits and charitable causes. As a result, the competing developers were required to make their apps free to the public for a year instead of being able to bring them to market.

Unfortunately, this metric is less robust in a competition setting because CAC sites or the app’s developers aren’t connected to popular app shopping sites like the Apple Store. This makes the competition apps difficult for casual users to find, which makes it difficult for even amazing and useful apps to find an audience. There are three ways to indirectly measure the usefulness of an app. The first is to track the number of apps built based on an idea contributed to the competition. The CAC site can host an app suggestion page and solicit ideas from the public.

This presents a conundrum: more rounds create more excitement and engagement and potential for good apps, but they come at a price. More partners also means more data and more possibilities for cross-fertilization, but again, this creates a greater workload for the managing partner. Next Chapter: Data Resources A budget is necessary, but the really critical resource for a terrific competition is a good data selection. In the next chapter we walk you through everything you need to know to assess your data resources.

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