Here’s a story by Lourdes Aceves, from LISC‘s Institute for Comprehensive Community Development site that tells how Pittsburgh’s, Community Technical Assistance Center, has been mobilizing local teens with smartphones to inventory properties and vacant land in several of that city’s neighborhoods.
MobileActive.org recently published a great piece for anyone thinking about launching a mobile health (mHealth) project. Lessons from m-Health Projects: The Tech is the Easy Part | MobileActive.org.
Here is the presentation from our webinar on using mobile phones as a tool for community engagement. You can download the actual presentation at slideshare.net (requires free registration).
There was a question about using texting to advertise a volunteer event to a volunteer list.
I think your best bet might be Broadtexter. It’s free, you can manage it all from the Web, and there are no size limits to the number of people on your list. The hardest part might be opting people into the list. That can be done a couple of different ways. You can get more details on their website http://www.broadtexter.com
Here are some sites that participants mentioned in the chat.
- The site kickstarter.com was mentioned as a fundraising model.
- Someone mentioned that some of the mapping examples resembled yelp.com.
- The volunteer management site sweatmonkey.org was recommended.
Also, if you have recommendations for smartphone apps that should be developed to promote social good leave your ideas in the comments below.
If you’re wondering if you have to write your smartphone apps for multiple operating systems, the answer is probably yes.
Are you interested in identifying strategies and resources to use mobile phones of all types to:
- Collect and report data?
- Raise money?
- Assess and evaluate projects and programs?
- Create useful, up-to-the-minute, Web-delivered content?
Please join the Center for Digital Civic Engagement for a webinar on Tuesday March 29, from 11 AM – Noon (Central Time) and begin to imagine how your civic engagement projects might begin to incorporate phones (and not just smartphones!) to do some extraordinary things. Register here.