Organize a Civic Apps Competition (CAC) in your city. This
practical guide provides best practices for each phase of the
process, based largely on the authors' firsthand experience
planning and managing Apps for Metro Chicago (A4MC). You'll learn
everything from setting goals and creating a budget to running the
competition and measuring the outcome.
CACs provide software programmers with platforms for building
effective apps, using open government data as a way to foster
community involvement and make government more transparent. This
handbook helps you address serious questions about the process and
shows you what's required for making your competition successful.
Gain insights from the authors' survey of 15 CACs in the US and
Canada Get guidelines for establishing specific goals, and evaluate
results with reliable metrics Understand major costs involved and
build a budget around partners and sponsors Determine participation
incentives, prize categories, and judging Avoid unstructured data
sets by being selective when choosing public datasets Learn how the
authors handled roadblocks during the A4MC competition Discover
ways to sustain lasting community interest once the CAC is over
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