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

By Kate Eyler-Werve

Set up a Civic Apps pageant (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 are going to examine every little thing from atmosphere pursuits and making a funds to working the contest and measuring the end result. CACs supply software program programmers with structures for development powerful apps, utilizing open govt information with the intention to foster neighborhood involvement and make executive extra obvious. This guide is helping you tackle severe questions on the method and indicates you what is required for making your pageant profitable.

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Once the questions are answered they can be posted on the competition site for other developers to access. Most competitions do not provide competing developers with systematic technical support, but it is a good way to improve the quality of both the raw data and the competition apps. Competition Length The CACs we surveyed ranged from 1 to 7 months in length, but, as Figure 4-2 shows, adding extra time after the 4 month mark doesn’t have much effect on the quantity of apps submitted. Figure 4-2.

Useful? Only if you’re Takeru Kobayashi, champion competitive eater. The most direct way to measure the usefulness of an app is to track the number of times it is downloaded. 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.

3. Create Apps That Benefit Residents, Visitors, and Businesses CACs tend to receive many submissions for apps that do neat, but not necessarily useful, stuff. My favorite example of this is “NY Party,” a game app that puts you on a quest to buy three hotdogs in different neighborhoods. Fun? Sure! Useful? Only if you’re Takeru Kobayashi, champion competitive eater. The most direct way to measure the usefulness of an app is to track the number of times it is downloaded. 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.

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