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Table Of Contents

The Pursuit of Accountability, Efficiency, and Economic Growth
History of Apps Contests
CACs and Goals—Do They Deliver?
Competition ROI
Next Chapter: What CACs Create
Benefits of Civic Apps Competitions
Case Study
What Civic Apps Competitions Achieve
Accountability
Government Efficiency
Economic Growth
3. Create Apps That Benefit Residents, Visitors, and Businesses
4. Improve Government Transparency
5. Drive Innovation
6. Crowdsource Data Publishing Priorities
7. Build a Community of Practice Around Open Government Data
Identifying Your Competition’s Ideal Goals and Metrics of Success
Table of Robust Goals and Metrics
Partners
The Data
Cash Prizes
Competition Web Platform
Administration
Project Director
Technical Support
Competition Length
Additional Costs
Defraying Costs
Partners and Workload
Next Chapter: Data Resources
Surveying Your Data Resources
Structured Versus Unstructured Data
Data Content
Organizational Data
Government Operations
Documentation
Next Chapter: Design
Designing Your CAC
Participation Incentives
Multiple Award Categories
Professional Networking Opportunities
Solving an Interesting Problem
Prize Categories
Judging Criteria
The Open-Ended Approach
The Targeted Approach
Judging Process
Judge Selection
Type of Eligible Apps: Mobile, Web, Tablet
Participation Drivers: Events and Communications
Next Chapter: Common Roadblocks
Screening Out Ineligible Submissions
Testing Competition Apps
Preventing Public Voter Cheating
Dealing with the Disgruntled
Next Chapter: The Long Game
Building on Success
Engaging in Conversation
Blogging
Twitter
Email Lists
Participating in Events
Hold Constituent Meetings
Attend Events Hosted by Other Open Data and Open Government Groups
Conferences
Continuing to Build Apps
Partner with Other Open Government Events and Projects
Hackathons and Events
Closing Thoughts
For-Profit Innovation
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Civic Apps Competition Handbook

Civic Apps Competition Handbook

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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

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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