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City names Apps Challenge finalists

Original post made on Mar 14, 2014

The city announced Thursday evening the 10 Palo Alto residents whose ideas for mobile applications, from a social network for dog owners to one that directs people to the nearest available parking spaces, were selected as finalists in Palo Alto's first Apps Challenge.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, March 13, 2014, 9:54 PM

Comments (5)

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 14, 2014 at 7:46 am

Some good ideas here, but the one that I think is heads up winner is the parking app. Just what we need and fits the civic engagement requirement best.


Posted by Re: Resident, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 14, 2014 at 7:58 am

Resident,
I would suggest that the biking app is the clear winner for the same reasons you mention.


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 14, 2014 at 8:33 am

We are all entitled to our own opinions. The bike app is also a good idea, but I don't think the winner will be decided by votes on here.


Posted by resident, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 14, 2014 at 10:04 am

Are these apps that actually work or just conceptual? If they do actually work, can we download and run them somehow?


Posted by Palo Alto Homeless Dogs, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 14, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Hi everyone,

We welcome comments on our two finalist app proposals.
(note: PAAS = Palo Alto Animal Services shelter)

Full text is here:
Adopt Me - marketing app for PAAS adoptable animals
Web Link
Dogs in Neighborhood - social and dog licensing revenue app for PAAS
Web Link

We also encourage any of you who care about animals and love tech to consider joining our team! It will be a lot of fun, and worth doing.

Our team deeply cares about homeless pets, so all of our proposals are ways to use tech to improve the welfare of shelter animals, starting with the Palo Alto Animal Services (PAAS) shelter. We chose two major areas where we felt tech could make a major difference:
Improved marketing and visibility of adoptable animals in the shelter
Increased revenue for the shelter

Here are all of our app proposals:
Web Link

Here is a summary of each of them with our two finalists apps at the top of the list. Note that while we are initially focused on PAAS, all of our apps could be used by shelters around the country, even the world:

* "Adopt Me!" - marketing app for PAAS adoptable animals
* "Dogs in the Neighborhood!" – social and dog licensing revenue app for PAAS
"Canella's Voice" - urgent animal adoption app for PAAS animals at risk of euthanasia
"Pets in Pictures, PIP!" - marketing app for PAAS adoptable animals
"The Well-Named Town" - marketing and revenue app for PAAS
"Mobile App for Dog License Registration" - revenue app for PAAS
"Hack the Shelter" - use existing internet services & apps to improve PAAS operations
Full text of all 7 at
Web Link

Palo Alto Homeless Dogs Team
paloaltohomelessdogs@gmail.com
Twitter: @PAHomelessDogs
Web Link


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