Can a mobile app improve the quality of life for a farmer in America's heartland? Can a web app help school children in Detroit, MI?
- make local public information more personalized, usable, and accessible for all Americans;
- promote broadband adoption, particularly among Americans who are less likely to be regular Internet users (including low-income, rural, seniors, people with disabilities and the low digital/English literacy communities); and
- create better links between Americans and services provided by local, state, Tribal, and federal governments.
- Local Impact: Does the app provide easy access to relevant content with an emphasis on hyper-local data from cities, counties, townships, Tribes, and states? Does the app enable better links between Americans and services provided by government?
- User experience and presentation: Is the app simple, well-designed, and easy to use for the intended audience, e.g., low-income, rural, seniors, people with disabilities, the low digital/English literacy communities?
- Accessibility: Is the app usable by and useful to people with disabilities?
- Sustainability: How likely is this app to survive post contest? Is this a viable app? Is the idea promising enough to warrant sustained development and attention?
- Focus on traditionally disconnected populations: Is the app likely to promote broadband communications adoption, particularly among Americans who may not be regular Internet users (including low-income, rural, seniors, people with disabilities and the low digital/English literacy communities)?
To read more about the Apps for Communities contest, or to submit an application, visit the Apps for Communities entry at Challenge.gov.